Tommy: Just how big is the infrastructure problem in New Orleans?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
May 03, 2019 - 10:54 am

Another day, another water main break, another boil water advisory. This time it’s Uptown.  A couple of days ago, it was Lakeview.  Perhaps we should institute legalized water main betting in Louisiana so we can make wagers on where the next one’s going to occur.  Maybe we should develop a new scale that measures “water main surge.”

Some refer to our Crescent City as “old New Orleans.”  We DO have lot of history and culture after being here 300 years.  We also have soils that are constantly shifting and sinking.  Couple that with an aging infrastructure, and the outlook isn’t good and the fix won’t be cheap.

We spent an hour on Thursday talking about the aging infrastructure in the city, both its current state and what the future holds.  Listen to my conversation with Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, a Professor of Engineering at UNO and past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, below.

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