New Orleans’ boil water order ends New Orleans’ boil water order ends Associated Press Oct. 10, 2012 Comments NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board says tapwater on the city’s east bank is safe to drink. Water was taken for testing Monday afternoon after the main treatment plant lost power for a few minutes Monday morning during maintenance work. Low pressure in water pipes makes it possible for contamination to get in. Tests on Tuesday found safe levels of bacteria. The boil order covered the east bank, where about 300,000 people live. It said not to drink, make ice from, brush teeth, bathe or shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been kept at a rolling boil for a full minute. A power failure at the same plant in November 2010 prompted a similar order.