City officials in Opelousas have announced the city's water system will be shut down at 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 28th.

This past Monday a 16-inch main water line broke, resulting in a boil advisory.

Mayor Reggie Tatum tells dailyworld.com the repair is expected to take several hours and residents should prepare to remain on the boil advisory until the repair is completed and "water samples are examined and approved by officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals".