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NEW ORLEANS -- The amount of water pouring out of broken
pipes, valves and hydrants in New Orleans is down by about half what
it was immediately after Hurricane Katrina, but still adds up to 40
million to 50 million gallons a day.
Last fall, officials said about 100 million gallons of drinking
water were leaking from pipes broken by trees uprooted by the storm.
More than 900 leaks on public property must still be repaired, and
the Sewerage & Water Board will no longer cover the cost of leaks
on private property, executive director Marcia St. Martin said.
She said more than 20,000 breaks have been repaired since the
hurricane, which hit Aug. 29, 2005, and the board has absorbed the
cost of more than $50 million in wasted water.
Residents who haven't been able to use their property can contest
the sewerage part of the monthly bill, and can ask the city not to
charge the monthly garbage collection fee.
St. Martin said water pressure is now stable, rather than dropping
abruptly and without warning.
"If we had the entire community back today, we feel confident that
we can support the entire community," she said.
Drinking water still hasn't been certified as safe in the northern
half of the Lower Ninth Ward.
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