New Orleans sewage system still not at full capacity post-Hurricane Ida

Drinking water in New Orleans is safe and pressure is stable, but the Sewerage & Water Board warned customers on Monday that the sewer system is not at full capacity. Around 20% of the city’s 84 sewage pumping stations are still offline. According to a S&WB Twitter thread, 67 sewage pumping stations were operating across the city as of Monday morning. The Eastbank wastewater treatment plant was powered by Entergy, but the Sewerage & Water Board still used a bypass valve to divert untreated wastewater into the Mississippi. “We are still working on bringing full operations back online,” said the Twitter statement regarding the sewage treatment plant. Until the sewer system is fully utilized again, residents and businesses are being asked to limit the use of large appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. The Sewerage & Water Board also urged the public to focus on general water conservation. Unlike neighboring Jefferson Parish, New Orleans does not have a water boiling recommendation. The Sewerage & Water Board recommends that people just returning home run their water “for an extended period” to remove stagnant water from the plumbing. The Carrollton Water Plant’s energy supply has been restored and only one S&WB turbine is needed to provide electricity to others. Two more turbines are available if required to drive drainage pumping stations with their own electricity. According to the utility company, more stations are expected to restore power to Entergy on Monday. The Sewerage & Water Board has asked Entergy for a status update for five stations. The public is asked to avoid water and sewer emergencies, such as B. Backups, to report to 504-529-2897 or 504-52-WATER.

Drinking water in New Orleans is safe and pressure is stable, but the Sewerage & Water Board warned customers on Monday that the sewer system is not at full capacity. Around 20% of the 84 sewage pumping stations in the entire city area are still offline.

According to a Twitter thread from S&WB, 67 sewage pumping stations were operating across the city as of Monday morning. The Eastbank wastewater treatment plant was powered by Entergy, but the Sewerage & Water Board still used a bypass valve to divert untreated wastewater into the Mississippi.

“We are still working on bringing full operations back online,” said the Twitter statement regarding the sewage treatment plant.

Until the sewer system is fully utilized again, residents and companies are being asked to limit the use of large appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. The Sewerage & Water Board also urged the public to focus on general water conservation.

Unlike neighboring Jefferson Parish, New Orleans does not have a water boiling recommendation. The Sewerage & Water Board recommends that people just returning home run their water “for an extended period” to remove stagnant water from the plumbing.

Power has been restored to the Carrollton Water Plant and only one S&WB turbine is needed to meet the other electricity needs. Two more turbines are available if required to drive drainage pumping stations with their own electricity.

According to the utility company, more stations are expected to restore power to Entergy on Monday. The Sewerage & Water Board asked Entergy for a status update at five stations.

The public is asked to avoid water and sewer emergencies, such as B. Backups, to report to 504-529-2897 or 504-52-WATER.

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