Matt McBride

Matt McBride

Matt McBride is a freelance journalist covering the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and city infrastructure. His prior work includes the blog, Fix the Pumps, which focused on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' post-Hurricane Katrina flood protection projects. Matt is a University of Delaware graduate in mechanical engineering.

‘Tapped Out’: Investigation finds deeper issues with New Orleans drinking water

By: - November 21, 2023

Emails and interviews with Sewerage and Water Board officials, combined with an extensive analysis of their data, have revealed deeper, more extensive problems within New Orleans’ drinking water testing and sample collection programs than the Illuminator and our investigative news partners at WVUE-TV Fox 8 previously reported earlier this month. For example, GPS data show […]

Sewerage and Water Board plant

Tapped Out: New Orleans drinking water testing procedures don’t follow gov’t regulations

By: - November 8, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — Dr. Stephen Giepert, his wife Alathea, and their two energetic young children live and thrive in the Lake Terrace neighborhood. They were relieved recently when it became clear an encroaching saltwater wedge in the Mississippi River would not threaten the city’s water supply. But that relief was short lived when the Louisiana […]

Water is held in an aerating pond at the Sewerage & Water Board plant in New Orleans.

Tapped Out: Investigation reveals S&WB employees skipped, falsified drinking water tests

By: - November 7, 2023

NEW ORLEANS — Records the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans sent to the state health department show plant worker Louis Pierre Jr. traveled to five locations Feb. 17 in neighborhoods on the city’s west bank to collect and analyze drinking water samples. The samples, required under state law, measure the amount of chlorine […]

Downtown New Orleans seen across the Mississippi River from Algiers.

New Orleans’ drinking water supply remains at risk

By: - November 2, 2023

Forecasts for saltwater intrusion along the lower Mississippi River have grown more encouraging. While plans are in motion to safeguard the water supply from excess salt, the slow-motion crisis has raised public awareness of the various water intakes along the river.  The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has four such intake structures, two […]