Water main break outside S&WB plant closes Claiborne Avenue

Carlie Kollath Wells, The Times-Picayune on May 22, 2019

A water main broke in front of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board plant on South Claiborne Avenue on Wednesday morning (May 22), forcing police to close the road and reroute traffic.

The line that broke was a 6-inch pipe that is “part of the water tower project,” according to the utility’s communications director, Richard Rainey. He said the pipe break has not affected water pressure anywhere in the city or the Sewerage & Water Board’s daily operations, and that crews are still assessing what caused the break. Rainey also noted repairs would be done “as soon as possible.”

The water tower, located at the Sewerage & Water Board’s Carrollton power and treatment facility, went online in November 2018. Its purpose is prevent potential damage to water pipes during steep pressure drops in the distribution system and to give utility operators breathing room to correct equipment issues in time to avoid the need for issuing a precautionary boil-water advisory.

Water could be seen pouring out from the S&WB facility Wednesday morning, and the road appeared badly buckled. Officials at the scene were concerned about the roadway potentially collapsing.

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