Waterline closing on East Bank, may affect water pressure

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Residents who work or live in the East Bank might see changes in water pressure Wednesday morning.

The Sewerage and Water Board is closing a water line as it works to make improvements to the system.

Crews started performing a test closure of a water line at about 4 a.m. and have been monitoring water pressure levels to see if the new water tower can serve as a reliable backup in case of a power outage.

This is part of the city's Water Hammer Project. The project is a $50 million infrastructure investment  funded by FEMA..

A water hammer is the surge of water pressure that happens when there is a power outage at a water plant.

It was just two months ago that a turbine went off-line for only 20 minutes, but it caused a boil advisory for more than 24 hours across the entire East Bank.

Water hammers can cause shockwaves in the water system that can damage or break water mains.

The Water Hammer Project is designed to fix both those issues.

The new pair of 200 foot tall water tanks hold four million gallons of water and will serve as a backup if power goes out.

A successful test closure was performed last month,but when crews went to install additional pipes, a drop in water pressure was detected which delayed construction.

The project is scheduled to be completed in just a few months.

If the test closure is also successful, a full closure will start Wednesday to install piping for the system.

That full closure would last until Friday.

Residents who notice water pressure issues are encouraged to call the Sewerage and Water Board at 52-water to report the issues.