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SWBNO Provides Equipment Update Ahead of Potential Tropical Weather Impacts

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 11 2020

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) is closely monitoring tropical weather developments over the next several days.

Currently, 97 of 99 drainage pumps are available for service. One drainage pump, located at a Drainage Pump Station on Grant Street, is out of service pending electrical repairs. Another pump at drainage pump station 13 is under repair. We expect it to come back into service by tomorrow, well ahead of major weather impacts.

One constant-duty pump is out of service, but these are smaller units used to regulate groundwater in canals and are not large enough to be critical during a flood fight.

Turbines 1, 3, 4 and 6 are available for service, as well as all 5 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) generators and all 5 frequency changers.

While all underpass pumps are available, underpasses should also be avoided during severe weather because they are prone to flooding.

We encourage residents to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SWBNewOrleans for updates.

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