City to reduce cost of fire sprinklers

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, February 1, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - City officials here have approved a plan to reduce the cost of tying into the water system for a fire sprinkler system, a proposal designed to encourage the use of sprinklers after the fatal nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., one year ago.

In late December, the Sewerage & Water Board gave the OK to a plan that scales back the requirements, and the cost, of hooking into city water. Officials have changed the size of a required underground vault necessary to house the water meter used to measure city water usage.

Reducing the requirements is seen by many as the best way to bring businesses in New Orleans up to new fire codes. Many changes would clash with the French Quarter’s strict architectural codes, according to city officials.