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