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NEW ORLEANS — Residents along the Mississippi River’s east bank are being advised to boil drinking water after a power failure at a New Orleans, La. treatment plant, according to WAFB News.
A failure in the boiler room at the plant supplying electricity to the treatment plant is the alleged cause of the problem, noted the article.
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The power loss led to a decrease in water pressure, which can lead to contaminants entering the drinking water.
The incident occurred on the morning of March 3 and officials are asking residents to boil drinking water while samples from across the city are tested, stated the article.
It took less than hour for tap water to start flowing regularly again, but there is still a chance the water was contaminated during that down time.