City announces ‘unprecedented partnership’ to power NOLA’s drainage system into the future

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Wednesday morning, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the development of a drainage system overhaul to bring century-old technology into the modern era.

The city, along with the Sewerage and Water Board, will partner with Entergy to fund, construct and operate a “next generation” power infrastructure at the Carrollton S&WB plant.

This $74 million dollar partnership provides a new Entergy substation which will not only directly power S&WB pumps into the future, but will also be unaffected by weather, outages or turbine failures.

This substation is aimed to come online by the 2023 hurricane season.

“My administration has maintained an unwavering focus on improving the city’s infrastructure and adapting our city to the environmental changes of the future,” stated Mayor Cantrell.

“Today, we are announcing a critical step towards an unprecedented partnership that will bring and give our city a transformative infrastructure project providing a reliable power source for the Sewerage and Water Board, while greatly reducing both costs and carbon emissions, improving environmental justice and of course protecting our rate payers.”

The mayor’s announcement comes just as New Orleans experienced its fifth wettest spring since 1871.

The city recorded 35.43 inches of rain from March to May.

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