Residents of the MLK area of Shreveport are urged to boil their water before drinking or cooking with it because of work being done on the water system.

In a press release by the City Of Shreveport, spokesperson Africa Price says that some emergency repair work prompted the voluntary boil advisory.

As a precaution, the Department of Water & Sewerage has issued a VOLUNTARY BOIL ADVISORY for the Martin Luther King Area. A water main blowout shut off water flow earlier today from Hilry Huckaby Highway to North Market Street.

The water supplied by the distribution system to the facility is being tested for microbiological quality. City officials are asking residents in that area to boil water until samples collected are analyzed.

The city recommends that water be disinfected before consumption, which includes usage from fountain drinks, making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods. Residents should use the following procedure:

  • Boil water for one minute in a clean container. (The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.)
  • The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a clean bottle or pouring it from one clean container to another.

After satisfactory laboratory test results are obtained, the Department of Water & Sewerage, with approval from the Department of Health and Hospitals, will rescind the Boil Advisory and notify residents that the water has been deemed safe.