Lower Coast Algiers residents were advised not to drink tap water Friday after vehicle struck a fire hydrant, reducing water pressure in the area.
A boil water notice remained in effect at 6:11 p.m., almost six hours after the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board posted it. The agency said it might take 24 hours to obtain results of water quality tests.
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The S&WB issues boil water advisories in areas where pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch. Pressure reductions in pipes could allow bacteriological contaminants to enter.
Healthy adults are cautioned that:
- When washing hands, they may use soap and tap water, dry hands, then apply hand sanitizer. It’s safer to wash with bottled or boiled water.
- When showering or bathing, they should be careful not to swallow any water. Infants, young children and disabled persons should