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SWBNO Provides Update on Preparations Ahead of Likely COVID-19 Expansion

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 11 2020

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Sewerage & Water  Board of New Orleans held a tabletop exercise to ensure that all crews and departments are fully prepared for any potential impacts COVID-19 may have on staffing and operations. As the provider of safe drinking water, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is a first responder akin to police and fire services when it comes to protecting the health and safety of the city’s residents and visitors. We are actively preparing for the likely expansion of COVID-19 cases in the greater metropolitan area by working closely with our partners in City Hall and the Louisiana Department of Health.

It is important to emphasize that your drinking water is safe. 

We are identifying essential SWBNO personnel and stand ready to execute our emergency procedures to ensure that critical operations continue should the outbreak expand in New Orleans.

Meanwhile, we encourage residents to help prevent the spread of this respiratory illness by:

  • Washing hands with soap often, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Using hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other people whenever possible.

We encourage the public for follow @SWBNewOrleans and @NOLAReady social media pages for updates.

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