Hurricanes Laura and Marco

Hurricanes Laura and Marco

*UPDATE 3** Our main office will be closed beginning Wednesday 930 am to prepare for Hurricane Laura and her aftermath. We will re open the main office Friday, August 28, 2020 800 am.

*UPDATE 2** Our main office will be open Wednesday, August 26, 2020. We will be available at our drive-up window to conduct business transactions and we are available at 985-879-2495 to answer any questions. Please continue reading to find tips about water services during the hurricane season.

Consolidated Waterworks offices will be closed Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th due to the approaching storms. Please call our main number, 985-879-2495 for any emergency. We will have crews available to respond to emergencies once the roadways are clear and it is safe to drive.

If you evacuate, please consider turning off the flow of water to your home or business by turning your main valve to the closed position. For more information on this, click here.

If you experience low water pressure or have no water during a hurricane, when your water service is restored, boil your water for at least 1 minute.

For more information on Boil Water Advisories, click here.

With hurricane season upon us, it is important to remember that during a major storm event your water service can be disrupted. If an evacuation is mandatory, we encourage everyone to take heed to the warning for everyone’s safety. But if you can’t evacuate, we ask that you store enough water for you and your family. The rule of thumb is to store one gallon per person per day in an emergency situation.

There is a possibility that your water service may be interrupted; high winds can knock down trees or power lines which can disrupt power at the Water Plant. We make efforts to minimize the impact of such events. Also remember once the water pressure is restored after a hurricane, that the drinking water may still not be safe to drink. This is because if water pressure drops very low, it is recommended that the water be tested first. We will notify the public after water testing is complete and water is safe for consumption. We recommend that you use bottled water for drinking or cooking purposes only. If you are unable to obtain bottled water for drinking or cooking, you can treat the water yourself. You can get the information on how to treat water from your local Health Department or information may be available on www.epa.gov. Because you may not have water pressure to flush toilets, we recommend that you fill a tub of water before the storm. This water can be used to help flush your toilets by taking a bucket full and dumping it in. This will normally make the toilet flush. If it is necessary for you to stay during a major hurricane, we hope you will monitor all news reports and take all precautions and warnings seriously. We hope this information will better prepare you during the hurricane season.