City of Natchitoches Water System issues boil order


The City of Natchitoches would like to advise the public that a boil order has been issued by The Louisiana Department of Health for The City of Natchitoches Water System. The water system test showed the presence of Total Coliform (E.coli). The City of Natchitoches cautions all residents who consume water on the City of Natchitoches Water System to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let cool before consumption or use bottled water for consumption. This boil order shall remain in effect until further notice.



Test showed the presence of Fecal Coliform (E.coli) Bacteria in Natchitoches Water System Drinking Water


Fecal coliform (or E.coli) bacteria were found in the water supply on the dates shown below. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.


Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains).  It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.




What should I do?  What does this mean?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST.  Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.  Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Fecal Coliforms and E.Coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.  Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.  They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water.  If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.  People at increased risk should seek advice from their health care providers about drinking this water.

What is being done?

System flushing and sanitizing in affected area along with additional sampling throughout system.  We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.  We anticipate resolving the problem within the next 24 hrs.

For more information, contact Natchitoches Utility Department at 318-357-3850 or P.O. 37, Natchitoches, La. 71457.  General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

This notice is being sent to you by Natchitoches Water System, LA1069007.  If you have questions about this notice please contact the water system directly:  Mr. Charles Brossette, Utilities Superintendent, by calling 318-357-3850.

Date Distributed:  6-21-18