by Kevin Allman
Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) Director Marcia St. Martin and New Orleans health director Dr. Karen DeSalvo were among officials who held a press conference earlier today to discuss the New Orleans East Bank boil-water advisory, which will be in effect for 24 hours at a minimum (Monday morning at 9 a.m.).
In the meantime, New Orleanians — on the East Bank of the Mississippi River only — are advised to bring tap water to a full rolling boil for a minimum of one minute before using it for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. In addition, children should not bathe in tap water.
Preliminary reports indicate the drop in water pressure early Sunday morning was due to a small fire at the S&WB power plant. Water samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing. We'll update when we know more.
The boil-water press conference: