The Department of Public Works is spending $22 million on catch basin cleanings and repairs and is expected to clean 15,000 drains in 120 days, according to Mayor Landrieu's office, which said while the city will unclog and repair drains, it is important for residents to keep catch basins clear of trash and debris to prevent further issues.
There are an estimated 95,000 cholera-related deaths and another 2.9 million more people affected annually.
SUEZ said in connection with the $3.4 billion deal's completion, it has established a Water Technologies & Solutions business unit under the leadership of Heiner Markhoff, former president and CEO of GE Water, and Markhoff has joined SUEZ Group's Executive Committee.
Cathy Magliocchetti of EPA's Region III offered tips on the agency's blog recently for people whose private wells and septic systems may have been flooded as a result of Hurricane Irma's impact on the East Coast.
Scheduled to meet for the first time Oct. 2, the council will address a range of emerging water quality issues. Its first task will be to make recommendations to establish enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for three priority emerging contaminants: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and 1,4-dioxane.
The new proposed agreement calls for mandatory stream quality monitoring for pollutants, including pathogens, with results posted quarterly, and greater transparency, with draft plans posted to the city's website and made available 45 days before they are due to interested parties.