Due to a Power Outage at the Claiborne Treatment Plant, New Orleans is issuing a boil water advisory as water samples are in the process of being monitored and evaluated. While the city is testing for contaminants, residents are asked to not use tap water when making ice, drinking water, brushing teeth and rinsing or preparing food. The City has not yet informed residents of when this advisory will be lifted. Many area schools are taking precautions. This is the second time this year a boil water advisory had to be put into place due to a power outage at the Claiborne plant. The last one was in late July and it lasted more than 24 hours. Currently, The Sewerage and Water Board is implementing a multi- million dollar improvement project which includes the construction of water towers that would assist the sewer system should a power outage occur in the future. The sanitary sewage system in New Orleans is a gravity collection system, consisting of 1,600 miles of lateral and trunk sewers, ranging in size from eight inches to seven feet in diameter. The City has two sewage treatment plants, one on the East Bank and one in Algiers. The combined treatment capacity of the two plants is 132 million gallons per day. The plants are currently operated by U.S. Filter. Both plants were built in the 1970s and have been upgraded, modernized and expanded to increase capacity and to keep up with the growth of the city. The plants discharge treated wastewater into the Mississippi River.
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