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A boil water advisory in New Orleans after pressure drops

November 17, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Many New Orleans residents woke up to inconvenient news — much of the city was under a precautionary boil water advisory.

City officials say Saturday’s advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution after a power loss at a distribution system caused a pressure drop to low levels. The concern is that low pressure can allow contaminants to enter a water pipe.

The advisory affects all New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board customers on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. Pressure dropped to below the safety threshold between 6:42 a.m. and 6:50 a.m.

It was unclear when the advisory would be lifted. Recurring power problems have plagued the Sewerage and Water Board in recent years — at times affecting the drinking water system and the city’s drainage pumps.

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