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New operator contracted to manage Jackson water system

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Jackson’s water treatment system, which has been the subject of over 300 boil water notices in the last year, including one that lasted 48 consecutive days in 2022, is now under new management.

Interim third-party manager Ted Henifin announced Friday that Jacobs Solutions has signed a six-month contract to be the operator in charge of maintaining Mississippi’s capital city’s water facilities. The contract was enacted in a manner that could lead to a longer-term arrangement between the company and the city.

According to Henifin, Jacobs will be paid an estimated $2 million per month for operations as the company and city determine the overall cost to manage and staff Jackson’s water treatment facilities.

A new, Jacobs Solutions-supported “JXN Water Scholarship” was also announced alongside Hinds Community College and the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

The scholarship is designed for JPS high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline that could lead to a career in water and wastewater operations and management.

To learn more about the JXN Water Scholarship, click here.

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