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Jackson lifts boil water notice over the weekend

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Jackson lifts boil water notice over the weekend

Jackson officials announced Saturday that the city had lifted the boil water notice for all customers.

The advisory lasted 13 days after freezing temperatures caused the city’s water lines to break and led to a decrease in water pressure in the distribution system. Jackson issued the citywide notice on Christmas morning.

A spokesperson from Jackson University confirmed that water pressure at the school’s campus was back to normal and classes began Monday as . JSU had asked students last week to delay moving into dormitories while pressure was low at the school’s facilities.

Jackson announced it would resume in-person learning on Monday. The school district had students take classes virtually from home last week after over 30 schools saw little to no water pressure.

The city lifted the boil water notice a couple days after announcing a historic federal investment in the drinking water system.

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Jackson officials push back lifting boil water notice as pressure remains low

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Jackson officials push back lifting boil water notice as pressure remains low

Jackson officials said they’re still working to put more pressure into the city’s drinking water system before being able to lift the boil water notice.

Ted Henifin, the city’s third-party manager, said that the city got through Monday night without many challenges, and that the hope was to lift the boil water notice for all residents on Wednesday.

Officials had not released any further updates Wednesday morning.

“We continue to make progress restoring the system pressures,” Henifin said. “However, we still have to put more water into the system than is used on typical days. That’s because we have to account for the tremendous losses due to the deep freeze.”

He added that the city is continuing to ask residents to conserve water where possible.

“This will help us get pressure and water to those that have suffered without any water since Christmas Eve,” Henifin said.

Most of the city has been under a boil water notice for the past 10 days, since Christmas morning, after below-freezing temperatures once again wrecked the city’s distribution system. On Friday, after getting clean water samples, officials lifted the boil water notice for Jackson’s well system customers as well as residents in the 39211 zip code, the corner of the city closest to the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant.

Henifin initially said on Friday that, barring an “unforeseen issue cropping up,” pressure should be restored by Monday.

To lift the boil water notice, the city has to see pressure restored and then conduct tests to make sure the water is clean of bacteria. It takes a day to get the results from those samples.

Meanwhile, Jackson University is asking students to delay their move-in because of the city’s low water pressure.

The city is distributing water at the following locations on Tuesday:

West Jackson:

2:00pm

Metro Center Mall near old Dillards Loading Dock

Flushing Water & Drinking Water

West Jackson:

5:00pm

The Queens Community @ Triumph Church

Drinking Water Only

South Jackson:

5:00pm

Parking Area Behind Forest Hill High School, Jackson, MS

Flushing Water & Drinking Water

Elderly or disabled residents seeking water delivery should call 311 or 601-960-1111.

The city also provided details for getting water in Spanish below:

West Jackson:

2:00 p. m.

Metro Center Mall cerca del antiguo muelle de carga de Dillards

5:00 p. m.

La Iglesia (The Queens Community @Triumph Church) – el lado de la parroquia pequeño

South Jackson:

5:00 p.m.

Forest Hill High School, Jackson, MS

Si no puede viajar a un sitio de distribución, llame al 311 o al 601-960-1111.

Proporcionado por Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition y Ciudad of Jackson.

Para información en español, llama a las oficinas de IAJE:769-251-2380.

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Jackson boil notice: City begins sampling as pressure is nearly restored

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Jackson boil notice: City begins sampling as pressure is nearly restored

The city of Jackson said Friday morning that pressure at both treatment plants has “largely recovered,” and that workers have started sampling for bacteria in some parts of the city.

A press release explained that the city will be able to lift the boil water notice — which went into effect Christmas morning — by zip code, meaning that some parts of Jackson may be able to drink straight from their taps again before others.

To lift the notice in specific parts of the city, the meters in that zip code have to show at least 20 PSI, or pounds per square inch, of water pressure. Then, the city has to test for bacteria from water samples in that area, and it takes 24 hours to get those results.

On Thursday, the city began sampling for well system customers and one zip code on the surface system side, although officials couldn’t say on Friday morning which zip code that was. If the results come back clean, those residents will have the notice lifted for them later on Friday.

Officials said they expect to have pressure restored for all parts of Jackson between Saturday and Sunday, meaning the earliest the city can return clean samples and lift the boil water notice for all residents is between Sunday and Monday. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Wednesday that his goal was to lift the citywide notice by Saturday.

The press release added that the heavy rain Friday morning has made sampling difficult but that conditions are expected to improve later in the day.

The city continues to distribute bottled water to residents. Below are the times and locations for those sites on Friday:

West Jackson:

2 p.m.

Metro Center Mall near old Dillards Loading Dock

South Jackson:

5 p.m.

Candlestick Plaza off Cooper Rd, Jackson, MS

Northwest Jackson:

5 p.m.

Corner of Northside Drive and Manhattan Road near Smillow Prep

Elderly or disabled residents seeking water delivery can call 311 or 601-960-1875.

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Lumumba: Goal is to lift Jackson boil water notice by Saturday

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Lumumba: Goal is to lift Jackson boil water notice by Saturday

Jackson’s water pressure had begun to recover as of Wednesday morning, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said at a press conference later that day, adding that the “far reaches,” such as south and west Jackson, are still experiencing low levels from their taps.

Lumumba said the city’s “ambitious” goal is to have the boil water notice lifted by Saturday, which means restoring the pressure and then testing samples to assure the water is safe for consumption. He said that pressure at the plant is around 75 PSI, or pounds per square inch.

City workers, alongside Jackson’s contractor UCI, have identified 20 to 25 active leaks and are still looking for more breaches.

Lumumba added that there was a significant leak found on the well side of the system, and that the goal is to also have service restored for those customers by the end of the week.

Ted Henifin, the city’s new third-party water system manager, said he believed that much of the recovery on Tuesday came from residents turning off their faucets after letting them drip during freezing temperatures, Lumumba said.

“We need to continue to conserve water where we can to accelerate the recovery process,” the mayor said. “We’re still looking for the public to report leaks.”

Asked about the progress of infrastructure projects that began earlier in the year — a new 48-inch water line to improve pressure in south Jackson, and a cover structure to help weatherize the membrane side of the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant — Lumumba said both are nearing completion, but didn’t have a specific timeframe. He stressed that those projects alone won’t create a resilient and sustainable system.

“Essentially all components of the plant (such as its chemical room) need to be weatherized,” he said. “And then we need to find out how we better protect our pipes and distribution system.”

Other nearby cities also saw interruptions to their water service from the recent cold weather. Memphis, for instance, is also under a boil water notice because of water line breaks, and is telling residents to conserve water. The city’s utility said Monday it may be another four or five days before it lifts the advisory.

To report leaks in the system, Jackson residents should call 311 or 601-960-1111 during business hours, or 601-960-1875 after business hours.

Lumumba added that Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce Andy Gipson had reached out and is making non-potable water — intended for uses like flushing, but not for consumption — available to Jacksonians at the fairgrounds everyday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

For drinking water, below are the city’s distribution sites posted for Wednesday:

West Jackson:

2 p.m.

Metro Center Mall near old Dillards Loading Dock

South Jackson:

5 p.m.

Candlestick Plaza off Cooper Rd, Jackson, MS

Northwest Jackson:

5 p.m.

Corner of Northside Drive and Manhattan Rd near Smillow Prep

Elderly or disabled residents who are unable to travel to a distribution site, should call 311 or 601-960-1875. Provided by Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition and City of Jackson.

For updates on future water distribution, residents can call 311 or 601-960-1875 for information.

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