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Latest News
7:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Boil-Water Advisory Affecting 300,000

Power drop triggers boil-water advisory.

Most New Orleans residents have water service this morning, but it’s not officially safe to drink. A boil-water advisory remains in effect for the east bank of the parish.

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Sewerage & Water Board
2:12 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

More on the Sewerage & Water Board System

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board uses a peculiar system made up of equipment and technology cobbled together over more than a century. Here's more on the system (in sharable Tweet-form):

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Sewerage & Water Board
1:33 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

New Orleans Boil Water Advisory to Remain in Effect Until Further Notice

This article has been updated.

A boil water advisory for the East Bank of Orleans Parish will remain in effect until further notice, the city announced this morning.

According to Marcia St. Martin, spokeswoman for the Sewerage & Water Board, there was a small fire at approximately 9 a.m. this morning in the boiler room at the Sewerage & Water Board plant on S. Claiborne Ave. The interruption caused a loss of 25-cycle power, and water pressure in the system dipped below 15 psi — the threshold for issuing a boil water advisory.

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Super Bowl XLVII
6:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Super Bowl Power Outage Still Under Investigation

Officials in New Orleans had been warned in the months leading up to the Super Bowl there may be a power problem at the Superdome. Now they're investigating what that problem might have been.

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Super Bowl XLVII
12:21 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Superdome, Entergy and NFL Comment on Power Outage

Quotes from the press conference held today on the power outage at the Superdome during yesterday's Super Bowl.

At the press conference was:

Doug Thornton, SMG Senior VP of Stadiums and Arenas

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner

Eric Grubman, NFL VP of Business Operations

Charles Rice, President and CEO of Entergy

On the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII:

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gretna Changes Water Payment Rules

The Gretna City Council has revamped rules for customers seeking to avoid disconnection of water service and created guidelines to help in hardship cases.

The Times-Picayune reports the revisions give residents 15 days after a second delinquent notice to pay bills or negotiate an arrangement with the water department to do so.

Councilman Vincent Cox says he worked with city administrators on the changes after a constituent, who had lost his job, was cut off from water service.

Terrebonne Parish
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Terrebonne Voters to Decide on Water Tax

Terrebonne Parish voters probably will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax designed to pay for water service.

The Courier reports the Parish Council voted this past week to put the 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot. The council must still ratify the measure Jan. 23 after a public hearing.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies Terrebonne with 80 percent of its drinking water.

Latest News
10:40 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Freezing Rain Closed Schools, Canceled Flights

Tuesday's freezing rain and sleet closed Grambling State University early, canceled flights, sent drivers skidding and broke power lines in north Louisiana.

Police in both Shreveport and Monroe closed ramps onto Interstate 20.

Grambling sent students home at noon Tuesday but Louisiana Tech stayed open. Northwestern State canceled evening classes but said it would open Wednesday. Ouachita, Richland, East Carroll, Madison, Union, West Carroll, Morehouse parishes and Monroe city schools were closed Tuesday.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Terrebonne Council Puts Property Tax on May Ballot

Terrebonne Parish voters will decide May 4 whether to approve a property tax to pay for water service or risk higher water costs under a new contract.

The Parish Council voted unanimously Wednesday to put a 2.11-mill property tax on the ballot.

The tax is a requirement for Terrebonne to join the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District, which supplies the parish with 80 percent of its drinking water.

Street Lights
7:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New Orleans Light Repair Proposal Includes Utility Fee

Officials with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration have made their pitch to City Council members about a possible funding source to address a problem the city has struggled with since Hurricane Katrina: broken street lights.

The source would be an increased franchise fee charged to Entergy New Orleans — a fee that would be passed on to customers.

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