Research nonprofit suggests multiple changes to be made at Sewerage & Water Board
By WWL-TV Staff
May 17, 2023
NEW ORLEANS — The Bureau of Governmental Research, a research nonprofit, released its findings on the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, proposing a multitude of changes to the board’s governance and structure.
BGR highlighted three key points in their report titled Waterworks in Progress:
- The organization criticized the S&WB’s governance structure. BGR said that the laws and policies that guide decision-making weaken finances, coordination, and public accountability.
- BGR suggested strengthening the S&WB as a stand-alone utility that operates separately from the city government or replacing it with a municipal utility. BGR admitted that this will require further research from the Mayor.
- BGR recommended several near-term solutions to improve financial sustainability, drainage performance, and coordination between S&WB and the city government.
BGR said in their report that the S&WB current governance structure is ineffective because the qualities of a stand-alone and municipal utility do not work well when merged.
“The result is a complicated web of competing interests and weak accountability that works against long-term performance,” BGR President and CEO Rebecca Mowbray said. “The structure is inefficient, ineffective and ultimately to blame for many of the infrastructure problems New Orleanians experience.”
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