The water intake at Socrates and the River on the West Bank, February 1, 1957, with the Mississippi River Bridge under construction in the background. From this intake (and a second West Bank intake at Brooklyn and DeArmas Streets) raw river water moves through underground pipelines into the Algiers Water Purification Station. Water from intakes at Oak St. and Industrial Ave. on the East Bank flow into the Main Water Purification Station in Carrollton. After a complicated purification process, the plants pump clean water into the distribution system and thus into the pipes leading to New Orleans homes and businesses.
Photograph by Leon Trice. Municipal Government Photograph Collection, Sewerage and Water Board Series.