Boil-Water Notice Lifted in Jackson, Mississippi But Concerns Remain Over Lead

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Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and officials of the state’s capital, Jackson, lifted boil-water orders on Thursday, September 16 after a water crisis that lasted nearly 7 weeks. And it’s not over. There are still concerns over lead and copper in the water, and residents are urged to not use the water if they are mixing baby formula.

Along with concerns over still-contaminated water after the boil-water notice was lifted, emergency repairs are still ongoing at the source of the problem, a faulty water treatment plant. In August, heavy rains in central Mississippi changed the quality of water entering water treatment plans, NPR reported.

Water treatment plants took longer to treat the water coming in, water levels in the treatment facilities decreased, and the pressure tanked, which may cause untreated groundwater to come into broken pipes. A boil-water notice was issued even before this happened, after Jackson health officials found cloudy water, and continued with the risk of the untreated water coming through cracked pipes. There were also concerns about the facilities, which had failing water pumps. The notice lasted…

By: Paige Bennett
Title: Boil-Water Notice Lifted in Jackson, Mississippi But Concerns Remain Over Lead
Sourced From: www.ecowatch.com/drinking-water-jackson-mississippi.html
Published Date: 44820

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