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NEW ORLEANS Residents near the Sewerage and Water Board's Carrollton plant may experience louder than normal noise levels until nearly the end of November, according to the S&WB.

A newly installed, very large turbine engine will be tested, and it may or may not be louder than the normal noise level emanating from the plant, the board said.

The engine is in a sound weakening enclosure, which is inside of a building designed to reduce noise levels, the S&WB said.

However, the sounds may be different from what residents are accustomed to hearing, the board said.

The $34 million project is commissioned by the Army Corps of Engineers and will provide the S&WB with 15-mega watt back up power generation.

The hope is that boil water advisories, like the one that occurred in the beginning of October, can be avoided.

The testing is scheduled to begin at or after 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue for 30 days.

Anyone with questions or concerns should call 52WATER (529-2837.)

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