Sewerage & Water Board and city officials are warning that New Orleans' water system could slip back below safe levels unless water usage is significantly curbed through Sunday. He said those breaks, coupled with the excess number of residents running their water to keep pipes from freezing, ultimately led to the decline in water pressure. "We had a significant drop in water pressure city-wide this morning", the email said, "apparently linked to all commercial and residential users returning to normal water usage this morning". She is urging all New Orleans residents to continue to conserve water.
Officials say that on top leaks and heavy customer use, the Carrollton water plant has not enjoyed its normal replenishing period at night, when the plant's water filters are also able to cleaned. Beyond conservation, residents are urged to closely inspect their property for any leaks.
Locate your main water valve: Your main water valve may be found along an exterior wall of your home. He advises residents to be aware, though they may have water pressure, water should continue to be boiled until the results come back clear. He said a $120 million investment will be made into the wastewater facility on the East Bank, which includes upgrading intake valves.More news: Police Identify Shooting Suspect, Search Ongoing
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In addition, the water system has seen a spike in usage since the lifting of the boil water advisory Friday night as residents once again use washing machines, dishwashers and other appliances. Interim S&WB Director Marcie Edwards said she expects the boil order to be lifted for those areas soon.
The water has been determined safe to drink for most of New Orleans, except for the New Orleans East area, so the boil-water notice is no longer necessary, officials announced. "Please refrain from washing laundry or washing your auto, or any high-volume water activities through the rest of the weekend".