Officials also lifted the boil water advisory for New Orleans East - the only area of the city still being urged to take precautions on Saturday - in an announcement on social media Saturday afternoon. While no mandatory water restrictions are in place, officials say it will be tough to raise pressure to normal levels without a sharp decline in customer consumption. The S&WB is urging residents to continue conserving water to avoid adding strain to the system as water pressure rises. "Water pressure everywhere needs time to catch up to where it should be under normal circumstances". Typically, the utility cleans those filters at night - when usage usually drops - in a process that takes an hour or two per filter.
Despite that progress, Landrieu said everyone should continue conserving water. But it has put off some of that maintenance while struggling to return water pressure to the east bank. If one is found, they should shut off water to their properties and call a licensed plumber. Residents are, however, advised to "flush" their water fixtures to eliminate possible contaminated water.
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"Today crews made some key repairs in New Orleans East", Edwards said.
"While the water pressure for the east bank has been steadily increasing since yesterday, the boil water advisory is still in effect because, as everyone knows, it takes 24 hours to determine if the water continues to be safe", he said. The advisory was lifted Friday night for the east bank west of the Industrial Canal and the Lower 9th Ward after officials said testing showed no unsafe level of bacteria had entered the distribution system during the low-pressure period. Upgraded valves could ultimately result in more consistent water pressure down the line.