New Orleans residents are paying for new home renovations with the money they saved by remodeling their bathrooms.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he’s excited about the renovations happening on New Orleans’ most-visited beaches, as well as in the parks, but it’s about getting the most bang for your buck.
The renovations are being done to address a $1.9 billion watermain repair backlog, which is expected to be in the millions of dollars, Landrieue said.
The city has also hired an engineering firm to provide engineering support for the work.
It’s a major undertaking that includes finding ways to maintain existing structures while improving water quality, Landrerieu told reporters Tuesday.
He said the city will also be paying for the cost of the new bathrooms.
The work is expected cost $1 million to $2 million, according to a city spokeswoman.
The city is looking at building the bathrooms in phases and will be able to pay for them through the end of the year, Landriue said at a news conference.
He expects to hire contractors to do the work by next summer.
The bathrooms have been a major part of the city’s identity for decades, but the costs have grown exponentially as people have moved to the city, said Mark Cone, president of the National Association of Realtors.
In recent years, the city has faced some challenges with watermain repairs, including one in 2017 that required $200 million worth of work.
That work was done on a site that wasn’t yet ready to open.
The City Council approved a $150 million plan last month to help pay for the repairs.
The mayor said he wants to get all of the work done before the end to save as much money as possible.
The renovation could take years, but he expects it to be finished by the end and be complete in 2023.
The new bathrooms are expected to save the city $1 billion by 2030, according a city spokesman.
The New Orleans Department of Public Works is using a technology called 3D-printed houses to make the bathrooms, which are made of plastic, stainless steel or steel mesh.
Cone said 3D printers are being used for a lot of things.
The goal is to save thousands of dollars annually on water and sewer bills and to save time and money on labor costs, Cone told reporters.
The first phase of the project is expected by late 2018, Cneill said.
The next phase is slated to be completed by 2021.