Water advisory continues in town of Livingston

Livingston municipal water customers remained under a boil-water advisory Wednesday following a water main break that shut off service for several hours and closed many government offices Tuesday afternoon.

A utility company replacing poles in the town drilled through the main at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Mayor Derral Jones said Wednesday morning.

Parish government offices, including the Parish President’s Office, council office, health unit, Office of Motor Vehicles and courthouse, shut down for the day at 2 p.m., parish employees said.

Town offices remained open to answer questions and advise residents of the boil order, Jones said.

The main repair was completed and water service restored at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, but residents are advised to continue boiling water until lab tests can confirm the water’s safety, he said.

Jones apologized for the inconvenience, noting the repair was difficult. “A lot of water was in the hole before we could ever start, and we had to pump it out,” he said.

“It was a more lengthy than normal break and more critical because of where it was,” Jones said.

Now that water service has been restored, Jones said his focus will shift to investigating fault.

“Today we’re checking permits and making sure Louisiana One Call was notified,” he said. “I hope by dark tonight to have that answer.”

According to the advisory, water customers should disinfect their water before drinking, making ice, brushing their teeth or using it for food preparation by boiling for one full minute in a clean container. The minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.

The boil order will be lifted only after notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health that the water samples collected have been shown to be safe.