Boil advisory still in effect for French Colony after water main burst

PARISH OF LIVINGSTON – A boil water advisory was issued for some homes in French Settlement on Saturday morning following a break in a main line.

French Colony officials announced a water outage in the village around 9:44 a.m. Saturday after a mainline on LA 444 was disrupted. Investigators initially thought someone dumping tree stumps had caused the water pressure to drop, but crews discovered a break in the water main caused by age.

At around 9:54 a.m., officials said the village’s water would be under pressure in about an hour, but about 100 homes along LA 444 and LA 16 were placed under a boil water advisory.

A large pallet of bottled water is available to the community while the issue is resolved.

French Settlement Water Company released the following statement on Saturday morning:

“Due to the loss of pressure, the French Settlement Water Supply, PWS ID No. LA1063019, must notify customers who live on Highway 444 and customers between Highway 444 and Highwater to boil their water before consuming it (e.g. washing hands/face, brushing teeth teeth, drinking, etc.). Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.

To ensure the destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, drinking water, cooking and making ice cream should be boiled and cooled before consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes. Instead of boiling, you can buy bottled water or get water from another suitable source. When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the officials of the public water system will advise customers that the water is safe for drinking or human consumption.

Once the boil water advisory is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue an advisory to customers who rescinds the boil water advisory in a manner similar to this advisory. Please share this information with all other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, homes, schools and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or
distribute copies by hand or by post.

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