Baton Rouge – State health officials have issued an update to conditions of Louisiana water systems that were seriously impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Boil orders have been lifted for some parish water systems, including several in Calcasieu Parish and for the city of Lake Charles.
The boil orders, which were issued after a loss of pressure occurred in those systems, have been lifted since testing showed the water does not contain unsafe levels of bacteria and is safe to drink and use.
Boil orders still remain in effect for other water systems that experienced pressure loss during the hurricanes. Customers of these water systems are reminded not to drink, make ice from, brush teeth, wash hands, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected until further notice.
For a complete listing of the parish water systems as of Oct. 4, 2005 that have had boil orders lifted and those that still remain under a boil order, please visit www.dhhemergencynews.com.