A boil water advisory went into effect for the east bank of New Orleans on Sept. 20, warning residents of potentially contaminated drinking water. The situation was an inconvenience for students and staff at Tulane, but the problem of contaminated water is becoming increasingly serious. Though the advisory was lifted 27 hours after being announced, the underlying issues that caused it, namely New Orleans’ aging infrastructure, continue to pose a threat to the well-being of the community. This problem reflects a trend impacting cities nationwide as local governments fail to make the investments necessary to maintain crucial services.
Source: Tulane Hullabaloo