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Thursday, December 6, 2012 - New Orleans, LA - At today's regular City Council Meeting, the Council adopted Ordinances approving increases to the rates for sewerage and water usage. The Council also passed a Motion authorizing the Mayor to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the State of Louisiana regarding the Eastern New Orleans Hospital.
The Council adopted Ordinance Calendar No. 29, 296 and Ordinance Calendar No. 29, 297, authored by Council Vice President Clarkson, that approved rates to be charged users of the sewerage and water systems of the City of New Orleans. Sewerage and water rates will each increase by 10% per year over an eight year period. Since 1998, the Sewerage and Water Board has been under a Federal Consent Decree requiring that the City invest in infrastructure improvements to comply with federal standards for healthy water. The funds generated from the rate increase will assistance in funding a $3.3 billion Capital Improvement Program to repair the 300 year old system and ensure the City's water supply meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health and safety standards. To lessen the burden on rate payers, the City has secured additional federal dollars to pay for the required system improvements and is applying the rate increase over an extended time frame. The Sewerage and Water Board is also expected to provide financial assistance to elderly and low income residents under the expanded water help program, to protect them from the adverse consequences of this rate increase.
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