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Posted: Sunday, 20 October 2013 5:43AM

New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board reforms approved

New Orleans voters easily approved a plan to overhaul the Sewerage and Water Board in Saturday's elections. Incomplete and unofficial returns showed the city charter amendment passing by a margin of more than 8,000 votes.

The plan calls for eliminating three seats on the S&WB now reserved for City Council members.  It would also add an eighth mayoral appointment.  The mayor's appointments would be required to have professional experience or qualifications in a sewerage or water-related field.

The changes would take effect Jan. 1.

Also, a selection committee would now recommend new board members when a vacancy occurs.  Other changes include reducing the length of members' terms from nine years to two four-year consecutive ones.

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