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Jefferson Parish issues boil water advisory for east bank | Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish issues boil water advisory for east bank | Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish has issued a boil water advisory for the east bank after a major water line break outside the East Bank Water Treatment Plant caused the distribution system to lose pressure.

Authorities shut down the eastbound lanes of Jefferson Highway between Lauricella Avenue and Shrewsbury Road after the broken water main flooded the area, causing a partial collapse of the roadway Tuesday afternoon.

A portion of eastbound Jefferson Highway is closed in Old Jefferson after a water main broke near Jefferson Parish Waterworks plant and caused the road to collapse on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2024.

Parish officials said bacteriological samples will be collected and analyzed to assure the water meets drinking water standards, a process that can take 24 to 48 hours. As of late Tuesday afternoon, they did not have a repair timeline for the broken water main. 

Safety tips

All residents are urged to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing their teeth, washing dishes or preparing food.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for one full minute in a clean container. 

Boil water instructions

Another method is to disinfect the water by mixing 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and letting it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption. Mix it thoroughly before drinking, the parish said.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

The advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by the Jefferson Parish Water Department or the Louisiana Department of Health, the parish said.

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