The Jefferson Parish Water Department recently issued a Boil Water Advisory for the east bank of Jefferson Parish. This precautionary measure was taken due to a significant loss of pressure in the distribution system caused by repeated power surges and outages at the water treatment plant.
Collaborating closely with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), the Jefferson Parish Water Department deemed it necessary to implement the Boil Water Advisory to safeguard the health and well-being of residents in the affected area. The drop in pressure within the distribution system can potentially lead to the infiltration of contaminants, making it essential for residents to take appropriate measures before consuming the water.
The advisory will remain in effect until it is officially lifted by either the Jefferson Parish Water Department or the Louisiana Department of Health. To ensure that the water meets the necessary standards for potable water, samples are being collected from the distribution system and thoroughly analyzed.
During this period, residents on the east bank of Jefferson Parish are strongly urged not to consume the water without boiling or disinfecting it first. Alternatively, they can opt to use bottled water as a safe alternative.
Boiling the water is a simple yet effective method for making it safe to drink. Residents have been recommended to bring the water to a rolling boil in a clean container and let it continue boiling for a full minute. The timer should start once the water reaches a rolling boil. To improve the taste, one can shake the water in a bottle or pour it from one container to another.
Another option for disinfecting the water is by adding 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach to a gallon of water. Thoroughly mix the solution and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before consuming.
Individuals with compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly individuals, may be more susceptible to the potential risks associated with consuming the water. Therefore, they have been recommended to consult their healthcare providers for guidance on whether the water is safe for their specific needs.
It is important for residents to comply with the Boil Water Advisory and take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety and well-being. The Jefferson Parish Water Department, in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Health, is diligently working to rectify the situation and restore the water supply to its usual quality.