The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans works for the protection of the general public and environment. The board has been in operation since 1899 and is responsible for providing safe drinking water. It works for the elimination of the health hazards of open sewer ditches. The board provides online reporting for water and sewer leaks. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans operates through water, sewage and drainage systems. It offers water purification and wastewater treatment services. The board administers the Southeast Louisiana Program. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans also offers customer support services and online bill payment options.