Sewerage & Water Board Urges Residents To Immediately Turn Off Running Water

NEW ORLEANS – As temperatures climb to above freezing during the day, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans has a message for residents: immediately turn off your faucets to conserve water.

The embattled agency released a statement saying the high demand of water can limit the New Orleans Fire Department’s ability to draw water necessary to fight fires and as a precaution, it has reduced water pressure to 62 pounds per sqaure inch, down from the normal range of 68-72 pounds per square inch.

According to the statement, dropping water pressure is a "typical response" to manage stress on the system during such events as freezes and large water main breaks.

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There is no concern at this time that pressure will drop low enough to trigger a boilwater advisory.  Such advisories are issued after water pressure has dropped below 15 pounds per square inch. 

As temperatures drop below freezing tonight, S&WB asks residents to run only faucets farthest from their property’s main stop valve with a stream no more than 1/16 of an inch wide, about “pencil lead thin.”

"If residents must run their water to keep pipes from freezing, do so only after temperatures drop below the freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit," S&WB states.

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Residents are encouraged to call 52-WATER to report any water emergencies.

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