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.