Leaking hyrdants, water coming up through the ground leaves unanswered questions

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NEW ORLEANS -- Residents have been saying drainage is an issue all the across the city, leaky hydrants plus water coming up out of the ground isn't helping.  

After getting so many reports, we went to some place to take a look.

The first location we checked out was in Navarre near Kenilworth and Louisville.  Water from somewhere is making the ground muddy, and that's making it hard for people to drive down the street.  It looks as if some people are driving on the sidewalk simply to make it across.

From there, we traveled down to the French Quarter to Matassa's market.  Eyewitness News crews have been to the infamous "fire hydrant fountain" outside several times in the last eight months. Matassa's owner put a bucket underneath to catch some of that water. Take a closer look and you can see the algae that have been building up around it.

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Eyewitness News went to Broad Street next, right near pump station no. 2. The leak comes out of the columns in front of the station, leaving the area around it very wet.

Another report we've received in recent days from our Down the Drain conversation is about the leak on Magazine and Washington.  That's where we find a leak that seems to be coming from a crack on the road.  It has caused puddles on the side of the road, and problems for some pedestrians as passing cars splash by.

"Crossing the street it gets me wet you know," said Maurice Downey. who leaves near Magazine Street.

As we traveled back to the WWL-TV studios in the French Quarter, we ran into yet another leak.

This one from a lid on the sidewalk that says,"water" on Girod and Camp.

It's clear that it doesn't take long to look for a leaky hydrant, or leak from the ground, but how much is this costing the city?  

The most recent record we could find of unaccounted water came from a Sewerage and Water Board operations report back in 2015.  According to the report, 36.5 billion gallons went toward unmetered usage.  Some of that includes water to clean streets as well as to hydrants for fire protection.  However, there's no way to know how much of that comes from unaccounted losses.

Councilwoman Stacey Head has, as recently as August, called for a water audit to figure out how much is being wasted. But until that happens, it leaves some residents wondering if they'll ever see a dry day again.