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After power failures at water plant, most of New Orleans told to boil water before using it

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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has told most city residents to boil tapwater before using it.

The board says the advisory is a precaution because power surges at the main water plant cut water pressure for a brief period early Thursday, dropping water pressure below the recommended minimum.

The advisory covers all of New Orleans between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.

Officials say water samples are being taken across the area.

But until further notice, people on the east bank are advised to boil water for one full minute in a clean container before using it to drink, make ice, brush teeth, bathe, shower or prepare or rinse food.

The one-minute boil time starts after the water is at a rolling boil.

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