Because of a sewer main break, Jefferson Parish officials are asking River Ridge residents and businesses to limit use of water that is discharged into the sewer system and refrain from nonessential activities such as washing clothes and washing dishes.

This restriction does not include water that does not enter the sanitary sewer system, such as watering lawns or washing cars.

Crews from Fleming Construction began working at 6 a.m. Monday to repair a 24-inch sewer main break at Citrus Road and Generes Drive in River Ridge, parish spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said.

The sewer system for River Ridge will be shut down while repairs are made. The affected area includes all of River Ridge west of Folse Street and south of the Soniat Canal.

The break in a sewer force main that transports sewage to the treatment plant caused a discharge into the street at the site. Cleanup is underway. Residents are advised to avoid contact with this spill.

Officials said they could not estimate when repairs will be completed.