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Boil advisories following Hurricane Delta

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 11:32:11-04

Here's a list of water systems under boil orders after Hurricane Laura.

October 23, 2020
Hackberry Waterworks District 2 (rescinded)

October 14, 2020
Village of Estherwood
City of St. Martinville (rescinded)
Breaux Bridge (rescinded)
Plaisance (rescinded)
Cameron Parish Waterworks District #10 has water available throughout the entire district. Areas east of Holly Beach remain under a boil advisory.
Bayou Estates Subdivision in Stephensville

October 13, 2020
Village of Mermentau
Greenbriar Water Corporation
Grand Prairie Water System (rescinded)

October 12, 2020
Lewisburg Bellvue Water System (rescinded)
The City of St. Martinville
Bayview Point Subdivision in Cypremort Point
Breaux Bridge subdivisions North of I-10

  • Atchafalaya Trace Subdivision
  • North Bridge Subdivision
  • Spanish Moss Subdivision
  • Bear Creek Subdivision
  • Bayou Bend subdivision

October 11, 2020
Town of Washington
Four water systems in the basin remain without power: Basin Landing, Elm Point, River Ridge and Cajun Heritage Water System

October 10, 2020:
Water Works District 3 (Pecan Island)
Plaisance Water Systems (Opelousas)

According to the CDC, you should boil your tap water or use bottled water for preparing food, beverages, or ice; dishwashing; and hygiene, such as brushing teeth and bathing.

Standard recommendations usually include this advice:

  • Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes), then allow it to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if available.

Handwashing

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
  • Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and rinse them well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bathing and showering

  • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
  • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Brushing teeth

  • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

Washing dishes

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55°Celsius), or if the dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
  • Sterilize all baby bottles.
    • To wash dishes by hand:
      • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
      • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
      • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
      • Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.

Laundry

  • It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning

Caring for pets

  • Pets can get sick by some of the same germs as people or spread germs to people. Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets to use.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes), then allow it to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Caring for your garden and houseplants

  • You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.

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