TEGNA’s CBS affiliate WWL-TV New Orleans aired an investigation into the city’s sewer and water board on November 15. The hour-long primetime special, “Down the Drain,” was inspired by a failure of the city’s pumping and drainage system during a typical rain storm on August 5. WWL spent months investigating why it failed and how many millions of dollars are wasted in maintaining the century-old system with more than 1,200 miles of underground drainage pipes, some that go nowhere. WWL also launched a Facebook group for residents to discuss concerns.
“We are working to continue to hold officials accountable, both elected and otherwise, as the problems with this utility continue to plague residents in the metro New Orleans area,” said Investigative Reporter Katie Moore. “It has been hugely successful for both our reporting and for people to have a place to commiserate and to feel like their voices are being heard, because they seem to feel like their concerns are falling on deaf ears with the Sewerage & Water Board.”