Date: June13, 2016
For Immediate Release
Area West of Interstate-49 within the Natchitoches Water Works #1 Distribution System is experiencing low pressure problems along Hwy 6-W of the water supply system. This drop in system pressure below 15 pounds has been caused by contractor damage to our service lines.
Because of this drop in system pressure, the water within our water distribution system is of questionable microbiological quality.
Therefore, as a precaution, the Water Works #1 Distribution System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately for the Area West of Interstate-49 only. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Water System.
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 one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one 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.)
Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise.
Guidelines for food service establishments are attached.
Upon notification from the Office of Public Health’s State Regional Laboratory that the samples collected from our water supply have been found to be safe, the State Health Department will notify the water supply of the sample results. Upon such notification, the Water System will then rescind the Boil Advisory and notify its customers that the water has been found to be safe.
This Boil advisory does not affect the City of Natchitoches Water Distribution System.
Water Supply Representative: _Bryan Wimberly
Title: _Utility Director
Date: _June 13, 2016