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10/10/23 – BOIL ADVISORY issued for Palmetto Waterworks has been rescinded. Samples to the Health Department have cleared testing. .

BOIL ADVISORY
Palmetto Water System
02/01/2024
For Immediate Release
The Water System has experienced problems with our water supply system.
Because of these problems, the water produced by our water supply system is of questionable
microbiological quality.
Therefore, as a precaution, the Water System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY
effective immediately. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the
Water System.
It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain
drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the
following means:
Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the
water has been brought to a rolling boil. (The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking
the water in a clean bottle, pouring it from one clean container to another, or by
adding a small pinch of salt to each quart of water that is boiled.)
Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption until you have been advised
otherwise.
The Water System will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from
the Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health that additional water samples
collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.

  • Water supply systems get water from a variety of locations after appropriate treatment, including groundwater (aquifers), surface water (lakes and rivers), and the sea through desalination. The water treatment steps include, in most cases, purification, disinfection through chlorination and sometimes fluoridation.
  • Treated water then either flows by gravity or is pumped to reservoirs, which can be elevated such as water towers or on the ground (for indicators related to the efficiency of drinking water distribution see non-revenue water). Once water is used, wastewater is typically discharged in a sewer system and treated in a sewage treatment plant before being discharged into a river, lake or the sea or reused for landscaping, irrigation or industrial use (see also sanitation).

Drinking water quality has a micro-biological and a physico-chemical dimension. There are thousands of parameters of water quality. In public water supply systems water should, at a minimum, be disinfected most commonly through the use of chlorination or the use of ultra violet light or it may need to undergo treatment, especially in the case of surface water. For more details, please see the separate entries on water quality, water treatment and drinking water.

Click here for the EPA website’s Water Information section.