Nearly 30 hours after a boil-water advisory was issued to residents of New Orleans' East Bank, the city of New Orleans discontinued the order after bacteriological tests indicated the water supply was safe.

Residents and businesses are urged to flush out their pipes by letting water run for a few minutes.

Official city release under the jump.


NEW ORLEANS, LA -The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, in conjunction with the State Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), has cancelled the boil water advisory for residents and businesses on the East Bank of Orleans Parish.

The advisory is cancelled because bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the city is safe to drink and can be used as normal for personal needs.

With the advisory cancelled, residents and businesses are advised to flush their internal and external plumbing by running water through their systems for several minutes.

The precautionary boil water advisory was issued Sunday morning when water pressure levels dropped below regulatory standards after a fire in the boiler room at the Sewerage and Water Board power plant.