New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board

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The Sewerage and Water Board answered questions from New Orleans city council members Tuesday about the impact of last week’s freeze, but the agency is still taking stock.

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TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with its NOLA versus Nature series. This week: WWNO’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Travis Lux look at the city’s drainage pumps, and the man behind their design -- Albert Baldwin Wood.

New Orleans is below sea level. You know this, and certainly, if you were here this past August, you really know this. Almost a foot of rain fell over a couple hours and parts of town were knee deep in water.

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Every Friday, coastal reporters from WWNO and | The Times-Picayune come together to talk about the week in coastal news.

This week: a platform fire in the Gulf, concern around Sewerage and Water Board contracts and an effort to rebuild the coast from the sky.

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The New Orleans City Council questioned the leadership of the Sewerage and Water Board Tuesday about their plan for hiring more employees.


Some residents and council members worry the utility is on the path toward privatization.

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Mayoral candidates Desiree Charbonnet and Latoya Cantrell discussed water issues at a debate Wednesday night.


But it wasn’t much of a debate. Turns out, they actually agree on more than they disagree when it comes to water issues.

An investigation reveals the Sewerage and Water Board pushed school system officials to allow for more lead in school water.
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The Lens published an investigation in August revealing the Orleans Parish School Board abandoned plans to test school water for lead. Last week, Lens reporter Marta Jewson uncovered more about why the school board abandoned the testing plan, and it involves disagreements with the Sewerage and Water Board.

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WWNO’s Travis Lux sat down with Times-Picayune’s Sara Sneath to talk about the week in coastal news.


This week — boil advisories, stuff washed ashore by hurricanes, and a new report on how shrimpers might adjust to coastal restoration.


On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with actress, Samantha Beaulieu and director, Lauren E. Turner, about MOJO: A Black Love Story & STRING; a double feature play presented by Southern Rep Theatre and No Dream Deferred. Then, the Advocate's Jeff Adelson discusses why thousands of Sewerage & Water Board customers were overcharged on their water bills in previous months. 

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Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make yet another landfall tomorrow morning. This time in Southwest Louisiana.


Over the last few days, Harvey has dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of Southwest Louisiana. Five hundred people were rescued in the Lake Charles area Monday night due to flooding.


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This week on the Coastal News Roundup, we're talking about the recent floods.

Heavy rains flooded portions of New Orleans last weekend. In the days since, we've learned that there are mechanical problems with the city’s drainage equipment — not only with the pumps, but also with the generators that power them.