New Orleans: Water shortage, plumbing shortages threaten US
New Orleans, Louisiana – The water supply for many in the city is running low, with some families unable to get water for their families.
The problem began when a major storm hit Louisiana last week, sending a surge of rainfall over the state, and also forcing residents to boil their tap water.
Now the city faces a water shortage, as the state has closed most of its public schools and residents are being forced to boil water to save the city from further flooding.
Some residents are even facing eviction from their homes, as a part of the city’s mandatory evacuation order.
The mayor of New Orleans said on Tuesday that the city was preparing to shut down public schools as soon as Friday, the same day as a mandatory evacuation.
“The city is going to close all schools in New Orleans as soon at least this week,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu told reporters.
“We’re going to shut schools for the entire week.
We’re going into a school lockdown.”
Landrieus added that the evacuation order was only for residents of the affected areas.
The city of New York, which also has some of the nation’s largest populations of people with disabilities, has also closed schools and is preparing to evacuate all residents in New York City.
In addition to the city of Houston, which has a population of more than 50 million, New Orleans is also facing the threat of a pandemic, which is believed to be spreading around the world.
“This is a very serious situation,” said Dr John Guglielmi, a senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health.
“If this is confirmed to be true, it is the most serious pandemic in history.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Grier, a Democrat, has called for a mandatory state-wide lockdown of all public buildings, including schools, in order to ensure residents have water.
However, he has also said that a temporary state of emergency could be issued to protect the city and the surrounding areas from further damage.
“It will take a long time to build up the infrastructure to protect us from this,” Grier told reporters last week.
“And so the longer we wait, the longer the problem goes untreated, the more damage we’re going in.”
As the city tries to prepare for a possible water shortage this weekend, some residents have already been forced to wait in line to buy bottled water.
A spokesperson for the Louisiana Water Management Authority told Al Jazeera that people are being turned away from a water distribution center after they didn’t have a water ID card.
“Some people are getting turned away because they don’t have an ID,” the spokesperson said.
“Others are being told they need to pay to get bottled water.”
The spokesperson said that the water authority is working with the state to get all residents who were turned away to have their IDs validated.
However the spokesperson did not say how long it would take to get IDs for everyone who was turned away.
“There are people who have been turned away for over an hour and a half, and there are people whose IDs were in a box, they’ve been turned around and they’ve got a bunch of people waiting in line,” the water spokesperson said, adding that there is no way to know how long people are waiting in lines.