Voluntary boil advisory issued for Shreveport’s MLK area
by Miles Jay Oliver, originally posted on August 31, 2016
The City of Shreveport Department of Water & Sewerage has issued a voluntary boil advisory for the entire Martin Luther King area of Shreveport.
The advisory was issued as a precaution after a water main blowout shut off water flow Wednesday.
The water supplied by the distribution system to the facility is being tested for microbiological quality.
City officials are asking residents in that area to boil water until samples collected are analyzed.
It is recommended that water be disinfected before consumption, which includes usage from fountain drinks, making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods, according to a release to The Times Wednesday.
After satisfactory laboratory test results are obtained, the Department of Water & Sewerage, with approval from the Department of Health and Hospitals, will rescind the boil advisory and notify residents that the water has been deemed safe.
Residents should use the following procedure:
- Boil water for one minute — starting after the water has been brought to a rolling boil — in a clean container.
- The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another.