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Saltwater Intrusion Emergency Update

Saltwater Intrusion


Dear SUNO Community,


President Joe Biden recently signed a federal emergency declaration in response to a saltwater intrusion threatening New Orleans' water infrastructure. This situation, caused by a scarcity of rainfall, has led to lower freshwater levels in the Mississippi River, allowing saltwater to rise upstream. 


Current forecasts predict the "saltwater wedge" will reach New Orleans in late October or early November. Although our water remains safe to drink, increased saltwater levels could risk its safety as our region draws its water supply from the Mississippi River.


We want to assure you that the leadership at SUNO has been actively planning and being in regular contact with City and State officials, staying well-informed about their strategies to manage the saltwater intrusion. 


If our drinking water supply is affected, we have measures to ensure our operations continue without interruption. 


Your health and safety and health is our highest priority. 


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