Opelousas remains under a boil advisory after a water main break

Residents are urged to boil the water for one full minute before consumption. (Credit: Conrad Hertzock, KLFY)

The entire city of Opelousas is now under a boil advisory after a water main break.

City employees worked throughout the night and all day to get the line repaired.

Mayor Reginald Tatum said they’ve been receiving complaints since 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.

“Linwood Subdivision called and said that they didn’t have water so that was our first clue,”

The next problem was finding the water main break.

"It's wooded area so they had to walk, public works had to walk all the way from Judson Walsh to try to trace it back to the woods and that's where they could see the water bubbling up through the mud," - Opelousas Mayor Reginald Tatum. (Credit: Conrad Hertzock, KLFY)
“It’s wooded area so they had to walk, public works had to walk all the way from Judson Walsh to try to trace it back to the woods and that’s where they could see the water bubbling up through the mud,” – Opelousas Mayor Reginald Tatum.
(Credit: Conrad Hertzock, KLFY)

The cause of the break is still unknown.

Tatum added the water is safe to shower or wash clothes in, but before ingesting the water, residents should boil the water for one full minute.

One resident, Vivian Smith, said she isn’t taking any chances.

“Trying to wash my clothes, but it’s still brown so I’m not washing anything right now. I went get a jug of water from the store so that’s what I’m using to cook with,”

Meanwhile at The Varsity Grill, they’re not serving fountain drinks until the boil advisory is lifted.

Elizabeth Papillion, Manager of The Varsity Grill said, “We’re doing bottles water and canned sodas,”

Papillion said they’re also boiling all of their water used in the kitchen.

Mayor Tatum said, although once the main is fixed, residents shouldn’t expect clear water right away.

“Of course you’re going to have a little sediment and because the line was open, of course you’re going to have some things getting into the line.

You can expect to see some sediment and rust in the water when they turn it on,”

Tatum said the boil advisory will remain in effect until Wednesday.

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