As a precaution, the Water Works #1 Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for the Area West of I-49 only. It will remain in effect until rescinded.
It is recommended that all water system consumers along Hwy. 6-W, West of Interstate 49, disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:
Boil water for 1 full minute in a clean container. The 1 minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)
This Boil advisory does not affect the City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.
Boil Advisory Guidelines for Food Service Operations
1. All retail food establishments should voluntarily close if they do not have water provided.
2. Minimize food preparation and bare hand contact with ready to eat foods.
3. Use single service utensils.
4. Use bottled water from an approved source for drinking or follow boil advisory.
5. Suggested hand-washing instructions using two (2) buckets of boiled or bottled water from an approved source:
a. Use first bucket of clean potable water to remove soil off hands, using soap and water for a minimum of twenty (20) seconds, then rinse with clean potable water poured over hands.
b. Use second bucket as hand dip well containing 100 PPM free chlorine or 25 PPM iodine or 200 PPM Quaternary Ammonia.
6. Disconnect or turn valves off to water supply lines for ice machines, dip wells, coffee machines, fountain drinks, Icee machines, or any other machines requiring a direct potable water line connection.
7. Dump ice bin and clean with an approved sanitizer.
8. Use only boiled water or bottled water from an approved source for washing dishes/utensils in a three (3) compartment sink – do not use a mechanical dish machine.
9. Follow the water boil advisory until notification from the Office of Public Health that the water is safe for human consumption.