A boil water advisory has been issued for West Baton Rouge Parish residents south of the Intracoastal Canal, parish officials said on Wednesday morning.
West Baton Rouge Parish “is experiencing low water pressure in areas across the parish due to the excessive demand as a result of residents running water in an attempt to avoid frozen water lines,” spokeswoman Lynn Cline said in a news release.
Residents are being asked to turn off water faucets when temperatures climb above freezing in order to re-build water pressure throughout the system.
When temperatures are below freezing, residents who choose to run their faucets are asked to “do so conservatively,” the news release said.
Jason Manola, executive assistant to West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley "Pee Wee" Berthelot, said the parish is issuing the alert asking residents to turn off their faucets while the temperatures rises past 30 degrees so that their system can build back water pressure and the parish's water wells can fully replenish.
"We're only seeing low water pressure in some areas of the parish -- mostly on the south end across the Intracoastal [Waterway bridge]," he said. "The water wells only produce so much water and as the demand increases, it decreases the water pressure."
The boil advisory will be in effect until further notice. The advisory does not apply to residents who are not experiencing low pressure or an outage.
On Wednesday, there were no reported water outages in Pointe Coupee Parish but officials in Iberville Parish said residents are experiencing lower water pressure due to strains put on their respective water systems from customers leaving their faucets dripping overnight.
"We understand what they're trying to do but it's getting hard four our wells and pumps to keep up," said Iberville Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso.