New Orleans water board, Entergy face questions after boil advisory

New Orleans water board, Entergy face questions after boil advisory

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board faces questions Thursday following last week's boil advisory.

Officials of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and Entergy New Orleans will appear before a special meeting of City Council's Utilities and Public Works Committees on Thursday.

Committee Chair Jason Williams says he wants answers about the lack of communication, inconvenience and potential threat to public health.

"It's not acceptable for us to be unable to notify the public more quickly in events like this," Cedric Grant, Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board, said. "So in response to this from previous events, we've added more monitoring to our pumping stations around town."

The Sewerage and Water Board reported a power failure at the Carrollton Gauge, which caused water pressure to drop. A boil order was issued at 10 a.m. Friday for New Orleans' East Bank.

Power surges caused pressure equipment to fail at around 3:20 a.m., but the pressure as low as 15 psi wasn't detected until 8 a.m. at various city pumping stations, causing a six-and-a-half-hour lag before the boil water notice went out.

Residents were told not to bathe in or drink tap water without boiling it first. It remained in effect through late Saturday afternoon.

Thursday's meeting starts at 2 p.m. in city council chambers.

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