Bayou Teche Water Works issues boil advisory
originally posted on September 6, 2016
The following is a news release from the Bayou Teche Water Works:
The Bayou Teche Water Works water system lost pressure in the distribution system to below 15 psi
therefore you should
BOIL YOUR WATER FOR THREE MINUTES BEFORE USING
The Bayou Teche Water Works lost pressure to below 15 psi on ALONG SUGAR OAKS ROAD AND
ALL ROAD CONNECTED TO SUGAR OAKS ROAD FROM VIDA SHAW ROAD TO TROY ROAD
AND ALONG VIDA SHAW ROAD AND ALL ROADS CONNECTED TO VIDA SHAW ROAD
FROM SUGAR OAKS ROAD TO WARWICK STREET
Due to a repair of a water line leak. This led to a loss of pressure in the distribution system,
which may cause backpressure, backsiphonage, or a net movement of water from outside the pipe to the
inside through cracks, breaks, or joints in the distribution system that are common in all water systems.
Such a system failure carries with it a high potential that fecal contamination or other disease-causing
organisms could enter the distribution system. These conditions may pose an imminent and substantial
health endangerment to persons served by the system.
What should I do?
• DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil for
at least (3) three minutes, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water
should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until
further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. ALL STORED WATER, DRINK
OR ICE MADE RECENTLY FROM THIS SUPPLY SHALL BE DISCARDED.
• Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria,
viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other
symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and
people with severely compromised immune systems.
• The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of
these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should
seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.
What happened? A water line has broken and was repaired
What is being done? The leak is being repaired and the water line is being flushed and chlorinated. A
bacterial sample is being taken.
We will inform you when you no longer need to boil your water. For more information, please contact Rick Frederick at 337-229-6029.