It’s been over a week since a boil water notice was placed on Jackson, leaving thousands of residents with little to no water pressure for the last 11 days.
The boil water notice, which was issued on December 25, was put into place following severe winter weather that caused low water pressure across the capital city.
Now, city officials are stating that they hope to have the notice lifted by Wednesday, January 4, with Interim Third-Party Manager Ted Henifin asking residents to conserve water in the meantime.
“Remaining areas will be sampled [Tuesday] in hopes of fully lifting the notice on Wednesday the 4th. All of these plans are contingent on our tenuous treatment processes and vulnerable distribution system holding together for the next few days,” Henifin explained. “We are asking residents to continue conserving as much water as possible. This will help us get pressure and water to those that have suffered without any water since Christmas Eve.”
Last week, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba released that over 20 leaks were found across the city’s water system, with one major leak in a well system contributing to the majority of the low water pressure. Officials have not stated how many repairs to the leaks have been made at this time.
So far, the boil water notice has only been lifted for the 39211 ZIP code area of Jackson.
Here are the water distribution centers for Tuesday, January 3.
- 2:00 p.m. at the Metro Center Mall near Dillard’s Loading Dock (flushing water and drinking water)
- 5:00 p.m. at the Queens Community’s Triumph Church (drinking water only)
- 5:00 p.m. at the parking area behind Forest Hill High School (flushing water and drinking water)
If you are elderly or disabled and unable to travel to a distribution site, please call 311 or (601)960-1111.