NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A downtown water main break closed some streets in the Central Business District on Wednesday (Feb. 13).
The break was reported just before 6 p.m. at Lasalle and Poydras streets, where the intersection was closed as crews worked. Poydras at Loyola was also closed.
“We are performing an emergency repair to a 6 inch water main break at Loyola and Poydras Street,” said S&WB spokesman Richard Rainey.
The water remains on, and no area businesses were affected.
The break comes about a week after an update to pumping and power. The board’s new director, Ghassan Korban, said the S&WB is not out of compliance, but it doesn’t meet today’s standards. Korban said his goal is to get away from steam turbines and rely solely on electricity from Entergy, but the fix comes with a $50 million price tag.
The situation doesn’t sit well with locals. New Orleans residents say it’s about time the city has a reliable water system they can depend on.
“It’s unacceptable,” said resident Huyen Bui. “We all pay our bills, and it should really go towards upkeep and maintenance. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
Due to the break, RTA shut down the Loyola/Rampart streetcar between Canal Street and Union Passenger Terminal. A bus will be available until normal service can resume.
There is no word on what caused the break or how long it will take to make repairs.
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