New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Thursday that the city will begin construction on its first public wastewater treatment plant.
Landrieo made the announcement at the State House, which has already opened to the public for a first-of-its-kind demonstration of the facility, which is scheduled to open in the spring.
“I’m excited about this,” Landrieus said.
“This is the first step toward providing clean water for New Orleans people.”
Landrieou said that the first water treatment station will be located in the former New Orleans Superdome, where the city currently uses the facility.
“We’re going to make sure it is as clean as the stadium,” Landrerieu said.
The New Orleans facility is expected to have a capacity of 1,500 gallons per day, and will have a combined capacity of more than 3,000 gallons per hour.
“It will be a real game-changer in terms of clean water,” said David Smith, the city water director and assistant city water administrator.
The first public treatment plant is expected have a total capacity of around 7,000 gallon per day.
The facility is being built by the New Orleans Water Works and New Orleans’ Municipal Water Treatment Plant.
In the past, New Orleans water treatment plants have operated on a scale of just a few dozen gallons per second.
A New Orleans wastewater treatment facility was the source of the lead contamination found in Lake Charles in 2016.
The City of New Orleans has been testing and treating wastewater from Lake Charles since 2015, and the facility has also been responsible for the contamination of the New York City’s Long Island Sound.
Landreieu said the city has made significant progress in its water treatment efforts in the past few years.
“The fact that we’ve gotten this far, we’re on the verge of a real breakthrough,” he said.
Landry, who was elected to his second term in November, said that it was important to make this facility open as soon as possible.
“If we do not open this plant by the end of this year, we will lose this important and needed public water system,” he told reporters.
The city’s wastewater treatment program is in the process of reducing its water consumption to meet its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
Landrey said that New Orleans is working with the city of New York to provide a solution for New Yorkers that is both clean and efficient.
“As New Yorkers, we want to know that the system is being managed so we are not being overcharged,” Landry said.
According to the city, its goal is to be carbon neutral and by 2050 it expects to be.
“By 2025, we expect to be at or near carbon neutrality, and we want our public water to be as clean and as efficient as possible,” said Landrieuc.
The Mayor said that in the next few years, the state will start issuing permits for the facility to test for pollutants.