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Hurricane Season Brings More Boil Water Notices

Louisiana faces unique water needs. It’s rural water systems are heavily affected by constant boil water notices outside of hurricane season. St. Tammany Parish faced over 200 notices per year unrelated to hurricanes. That number only increases when storms contribute to the state’s already great backup power need. 

 HURRICANE SEASON 

During Hurricane Laura in 2020, over 60,000 water customers across six parishes were impacted by a nearly month-long boil order.  Louisiana’s boil water notices occur when boiling water become necessary to kill dangerous bacteria that can have grave health consequences. The order lifts only when the water tests come back clear. The total boil orders in the state per year are around 1,600 to 1,700, counting notices not connected to storm damage.

 RURAL AREAS 

Boil orders are more common in rural areas, accounting for more than 80% of the state’s total. With infrastructure that dates to before 1960 in some areas, the likelihood that you will be boiling water to drink and brush your teeth is very high. Aside from the health effects of deadly bacteria, there are also high concentrations of iron and manganese, among other mineral contamination.

 

WATER FILTRATION SYSTEMS

With so many problems headed to your tap this hurricane season, it might be time to consider investing in a water filtration system that’s right for your home needs. Our point-of-entry filtration reduces the overall risk of drinking and showering in contaminated water by removing iron and hydrogen sulfide, neutralizing acids, and filtering sediment. The Puronic reverse osmosis point-of-use drinking water system is installed under your sink and can feed your fridge, ice maker, and coffee maker. 

 

Consider how much time you’ll save if you don’t have to put water on to boil every day. When it comes down to it, saved time and convenience are worth a small expense. At Torres Water Company, we sell, install, and provide maintenance for the water filtration system that best fits your needs. Call us today at (504) 838-8345 for a free water analysis and consultation, or visit us at torreswater.com to find out more.

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