http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/03/boil-water_alert_for_east_bank.html "New Orleans has issued a boil-water alert for the east bank. After a small fire Sunday at the power plant run by the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, pressure in the city's water pipes dropped to potentially dangerous levels, and city officials said east bank residents would have to boil tap water for at least 24 hours. As of just before 8 a.m. on Monday, the city's official emergency feed on Twitter said the boil-water alert was still in place, adding, "We will pass on any updates." That means residents for now will have to continue boiling water before drinking, brushing their teeth or preparing food. And businesses and schools across the city will either have to close or finds ways around tap water. The S&WB did say it was safe to clean, do laundry and run a dishwasher, as long as it has a sanitizing cycle. Healthy people also can bathe, although they should try to keep their mouths and eyes closed as precautions. People with wounds or compromised immune systems should continue to avoid tap water." "CC's coffee shop in the French Quarter on Monday"