Councilmember James Gray, center, with the New Orleans City Council Public Works, Sanitation and Environment Committee speaks to representatives for the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, including Marcie Edwards, interim executive director, right, and Jade Russel-Brown, interim special counsel, left, during a meeting in New Orleans, La., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.

Advocate staff photo by MAX BECHERER

I like the proposal being touted recently in the Legislature about some sort of transparency platform for the state's spending and purported budget "crisis," although I do not really know exactly what that would look like and/or how informative it would be.

I do, however, have an idea along similar lines that I think I would be very useful considering the latest string of the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board debacles and the sub-standard state of New Orleans city services in general. How about an online site where the citizen/taxpayer/consumer can go and see real-time what his or her water pressure is, what pumps are operational and which are offline, which water leaks have been reported and are in the work order queue (so that the consumer does not simply assume that those leaks are already reported), and which potholes and/or road repairs have been reported and are scheduled for resurfacing?

It might put some much-needed impetus into a seemingly stagnant and unsympathetic system, and ultimately, allow the taxpayer to get some say into what he or she pays for.

Scott Anderson

retired oil industry employee

New Orleans

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