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How old are your water pipes? A new Sewerage & Water Board map will show you

Beau Evans, The Times-Picayune on May 14, 2019

The Sewerage & Water Board has released a new interactive map that shows the location and age of underground water pipes across New Orleans.

The map, published on the Sewerage & Water Board’s website, comes with a search function to hone in on a specific address and view the age of the nearest water pipe. It’s color-coded, with “red” signifying pipes installed between 1900 and 1919.

The interactive map can be found here: https://www.swbno.org/About/DataAndStatistics.

More than half of the pipes that distribute drinking water through New Orleans have outlived their useful lifespan, according to Sewerage & Water Board officials and a news release the utility issued Tuesday (May 14). There are roughly 1,530 miles of water pipe citywide, and more than one-third have been in use for a century or longer.

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