Public works chair calls boil water advisory 'unacceptable'

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 17, 2018 - 4:23 pm
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Once again, all Eastbank residents and businesses are advised boil water in New Orleans after another power outage to the water distribution system.

Public Works Committee Chair Councilman Joe Giarrusso issued a statement regarding the boil water advisory for the East Bank of New Orleans.  He called it "unacceptable," but offered no specific remedy.

"Again today New Orleanians on the east bank woke up to a boil water advisory after a power outage at the water distribution system at the Carrollton plant. The Sewerage and Water Board has made some progress by bringing one new water tower online to protect the system against sudden pressure drops, but more work on power reliability is clearly needed to ensure that basic service-clean drinking water can be provided reliably," he said.

Giarrusso went on to note that the council has called on Entergy New Orleans to provide redundancy to the S&WB power system. 

"We have asked for S&WB to ensure that the pumps can remain operational through such an event."

Those requests, however, have not solved the problem.

"New Orleanians are told we have to wait for more money, or more staff or a better plan before vital infrastructure improvements can be made. Meanwhile, our quality of life suffers. This is unacceptable to me, to my colleagues on the City Council, and to the residents of New Orleans."

Officials hope to have test results back and the water declared safe to consume Sunday.

Meanwhile, some businesses have closed.  Others have brought in bottled water or boiled large quantities of tap water.

The boil water advisory is a precaution after a drop in pressure.  It is because of fears that contaminants could get into the water supply when pressure falls.

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