Aug 3, 2023 - News

New Orleans' raw sewage will go in Mississippi River for another 2 weeks

The photo shows a tugboat in the Mississippi River

A tugboat passes beneath the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Raw sewage from New Orleans will be dumped into the Mississippi River for another two weeks while workers fix a new break in a sewer main, officials said Thursday.

Driving the news: The city's Sewerage & Water Board says the repairs are expected to be done by Aug. 20.

  • Boh Bros. Construction workers were testing repairs last week on the initial break when they found the new leak.

Catch up quick: A 60-inch main broke on July 7 at the city's water station at 2800 Florida Ave.

  • In an emergency move, the city diverted wastewater into the river, a decision officials called "crucial" to avoid backups in homes.
  • The city said the pipe is more than 60 years old and cited its age as the cause of the breaks.

Zoom out: The station with the broken pipe services Lakeview, Gentilly, Marigny, the Upper Ninth Ward and parts of Mid-City.

  • Leaders say they are communicating with downstream water utilities, many of which get their drinking water from the river.
  • The majority of the city's wastewater is still being treated at S&WB wastewater treatment plants, said Grace Birch, a S&WB spokesperson.
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