DALLAS — Reform of the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board must be accomplished before utility rates are raised to support debt needed for system renewal projects, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday.

"Repairing our city's infrastructure is essential and with it comes an opportunity to create thousands of jobs for New Orleanians," he said. "But in order to move forward on a rate increase, we must reform the Sewerage and Water Board."

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