The City of West Monroe and OPPJ hold water distribution

Published: Feb. 21, 2021 at 2:13 AM CST
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The City of West Monroe and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury held a water distribution for residents under a boil advisory.

West Monroe and West Ouachita Parish are under a boil advisory due to the effects of the winter storm.

At West Monroe City Hall, local officials and volunteers passed out cases of water to West Monroe and West Ouachita Parish residents.

West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell says the city was without water pressure for about 24 to 30 hours before it was resolved. She says a water sampling is being sent to Baton Rouge for testing.

“We hope that the boil advisory will be lifted by midweek. Public Works is out all weekend. As the pipes thaw and leaks are found, they’ll get them all repaired,” Mitchell said.

Scotty Robinson with the Ouachita Parish Police Jury says water systems can’t keep up with the capacity being used right now.

“With all the ice and cold weather coming, people had their taps open running water. You take that into consideration parish-wide. It’s a strain on the water system along with cracked lines and leaks, so some of the water systems have been chasing down leaks. Also, they’re struggling to keep their tanks full,” Robinson said.

Until the boil advisory is lifted, officials say it’s important to follow the guidelines for using tap water.

“You do not need to consume, brush your teeth or cook with the water out of the tap right now. Bottled water is very important. Just remember, if you use water out of your tap, you need to boil it for one minute and then you can use it,” Mitchell said.

The city says they are working to make repairs to area water systems that were impacted by the consecutive days of freezing temperatures.

Mitchell says she’s thankful for how the community is reacting.

“The community has been great. They’re out here helping today with water distribution. Homeland Security donated multiple pallets of water. There’s been a steady line of people to pick those up. We have people from churches and police jury out here helping.

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