"New Orleans Declares Emergency Over Saltwater Intrusion In Drinking Water"

"Potential health risks of high salt concentrations for those who rely on Mississippi River lead mayor to sign declaration"

"The New Orleans mayor, LaToya Cantrell, signed an emergency declaration for the city on Friday amid concerns about saltwater from the the Gulf of Mexico that has been creeping up the drought-hit Mississippi River in Louisiana.

The declaration came amid concerns the saltwater, which is impacting the river because it is at such low levels, could impact the drinking water of thousands of residents in the next few weeks

The Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, said the state would be requesting an emergency declaration from the federal government in the next couple of days as well to get federal funds and agencies involved."

Sara Sneath reports for the Guardian September 22, 2023.

Source: Guardian, 09/25/2023