NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A state task force says the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board desperately needs money for critical infrastructure projects and should start charging a new stormwater fee to pay for upgrades to the city's drainage system.
The New Orleans Advocate quotes a report the task force adopted Monday after months of studying how to fix the Sewerage and Water Board's operational and financial problems. The task force was created after the August 2017 flood exposed the board's failing infrastructure.
The report says chronic underfunding and unpredictable revenue streams have crippled the board and the city's ability to invest in projects and led to an almost entirely reactive, emergency-based maintenance protocol.
Sewerage and Water Board Executive Director Ghassan Korban was on the task force, and says he couldn't be more aligned with the report.