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42 inch pumps being assembled by contractors near the 17th Street Canal, Sunday, September 4. The portable pumps will add their water-removal capabilities to the extensive existing system of pumps that keep New Orleans dry under normal conditions.
As a handful of pumps toiled to drain the water out of a sprawling city today, the New Orleans police said they would force the 10,000 or so residents left in the city to leave and Louisiana officials warned of long-term damage to the area’s environment.
David Eller’s phones started ringing Monday. As the head of one of the country’s largest water pump companies, he knew his employees and equipment would be called upon in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Safe drinking water is going to be scarce not only in urban areas but also in remote villages due to pollution. As part of the daily routine of women in the plantation areas they spend a lot of time to carry water from wells or rivers to their homes.