Jackson restaurants making move back to using city water

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Restaurants in Jackson are ramping up and are ready to roll now that Gov. Tate Reeves has announced that Jackson’s boil-water notice can be lifted.

Recent testing indicates water is safe to drink and the state will continue to monitor the water and conduct additional testing.

A press release from the announced the boil-water notice for all City of Jackson is lifted.

Here’s what you need to know:Jackson’s boil-water notice is over.

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Clean water restored for Jackson, Reeves hints at city losing control


Clean water restored for Jackson, Reeves hints at city losing control

by Alex Rozier,
September 15, 2022

After a month and a half of Jacksonians needing to boil their water for consumption, the Mississippi State Health Department finally lifted the advisory at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Gov. Tate Reeves announced the shortly after, cautioning there’s a long road ahead to ensure similar water system failures don’t occur again in Jackson.

”While we have restored water quality, this system is still imperfect,” Reeves said. “We cannot perfectly predict what may go wrong with such a broken system in the future.”

When asked by reporters about the next steps for managing the capital city’s drinking water, Reeves laid out the possibility that Jackson will not regain control of the system after the state declared a public health emergency and took it over.

“To the residents of Jackson, I would simply say, I don’t think it’s very likely that the city is going to operate the water system in the city of Jackson anytime soon, if ever again,” the governor said.

Reeves reiterated that any decision to remove the water system from city control would have to go through the state Legislature.

State officials first took control of operations and emergency repairs at Jackson’s primary treatment plant, O.B. Curtis, after the governor’s announcement on Aug. 29 that the plant was on the verge of failure.

The state is also taking the next steps to contract a project manager to handle equipment issues at O.B. Curtis, Agency executive director Stephen McCraney explained. The request for qualifications window closed Thursday at noon, and will review applications before it picks a vendor.

The goal for the contractor, Reeves said, is to increase redundancies at the plant in the case of future equipment failure.

Before Jackson residents return to drinking water straight from their taps again, the says they should first run their faucets for three to four minutes to allow clean water to recirculate. Residents can visit MSDH’s website for a full list of next steps after a boil water notice.

However, the department also warned Thursday that pregnant people and young children are still advised to follow precautions before using or consuming tap water.

The state’s announcement on Thursday that it was lifting the boil water notice suggested a lack of communication with City of Jackson officials.

On Wednesday, the city said in its daily update that full sampling required to lift the notice had not yet started, and that officials were still investigating when sampling could begin. Per state health requirements, the state health department has to record two straight days of clean samples to lift the notice.

When asked by a reporter for clarification, Reeves said, “I don’t read the city’s daily reports and I don’t think you should either.”

After another reporter asked what he meant by that, Reeves refrained from further criticizing the city, only saying that he recommends people use MEMA’s updates for the latest information on the water system.

MSDH Director of Health Protection Jim Craig also reminded Jackson residents, particularly young children and pregnant people, to take precautions consuming and using tap water because of the potential for lead in the water system until the city finishes the necessary corrosion control in the distribution system.

”Although the majority of home lead testing performed to date identified no lead or lead below the action level set by the (Environmental Protection Agency), the health department is continuing its recommendations as a special precaution, especially for households with young children or pregnant women,” Craig said.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.


Boil-water notice remains, Jackson water pressure remains steady

86 views – Mississippi Clarion Ledger – 2022-09-09 12:40:21

Officials with the City of Jackson said Friday that the O.B. Curtis Water Plant remained at a steady pressure over the past 24 hours and is currently working at 87 PSI. Pressure should be stable throughout the city. 

Overall, water production continues to improve, according to a statement from the city. Yesterday, the O.B. Curtis membrane plant increased from 14.1 million gallons to 15.4 million gallons. The conventional side remained steady. This is the type of capacity increase the team has been working toward. 

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Jackson: Drinking water emergency declared


State health department declares drinking water emergency for Jackson

The state health department declared a public drinking water supply emergency for Jackson on Tuesday, the morning after Gov. Tate Reeves announced that the city’s treatment system had begun to fail.

The release listed the following reasons for the declaration:

• Insufficient number of certified operators at J.H. Fewell and O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plants
• Insufficient number of maintenance staff at all water treatment plants and to support the distribution system
• Failure of multiple raw water pumps at O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant
• Low levels of water in storage tank
• Low water pressure impacting proper sanitation and education opportunities

The statement also said that disinfection levels are not reliable enough to prevent the potential of disease-causing organisms in the drinking water, including E. Coli, cryptosporidium, and giardia.

As part of the declaration, the Mississippi State Health Department is ordering that City of Jackson employees “cooperate with state response teams and contractors deployed to augment current staffing and to take remediation actions deemed necessary by the State Incident Commander.”

In his announcement on Monday, Reeves said that the state was deploying health department staff to O.B. Curtis on Tuesday to evaluate the plant’s ability to produce water.

In a tweet Tuesday, the instructed Jackson residents on what to do and not do during the current boil water notice. wrote not to drink the water, although neither MEMA nor MSDH have clarified since yesterday whether or not the water is safe to drink after boiling it.

Yesterday, State Health Officer Dr. Daniel Edney instructed residents to boil water for three minutes before using water to drink, brush teeth or cook.

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Six Hurricane Preparedness Hacks – Our Mississippi Home


by J.T. Mitchell, Our Mississippi Home

It’s that time of year again, , and it’s up to us to be prepared. Here are six hurricane preparedness hacks to help with that.

The first 72 are on you

According to the , it could take up to 72 hours before first responders are able to assist you in the case of a hurricane. Therefore, suggests you have a supply kit that can last you for…

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Fun Patriotic Cocktails for the Fourth of July


by Kathryn Winter, Our Mississippi Home

Red, white, and boozy, these July 4th-inspired cocktails will get your Independence Day rockin’…

This one is like a grownup rocket pop! (

For the Blue Slush Layer: 2 cups ice, 2 oz. Blue Curacao, 1 cup homemade lemonade

For the White Slush Layer: 2 cups ice, 2 oz. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry, 1 cup homemade lemonade

For the Red Slush Layer: 1 ¼ cups…

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Red, White, and Blueberry Festival returns to the Coast

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got patriotic over the weekend with its 17th annual Red, White, and Blueberry .

This festival featured over 30 vendors selling a wide variety of products. There were baked goods, homemade honey, homemade jams, and fresh produce. Those are just some of the many goodies that were available.

The event was sponsored by Ohio-based organization Wahl Grooming. The team at Wahl even brought a mobile grooming…

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Native Son Farm In Mississippi Serves Up Homemade Pie To Die For


by Daniella DiRienzo, Only In Your State

Did you know there’s a pie farm in Mississippi?! Wait, let us rephrase that. There’s a farm in Mississippi that sells pie. The farm, Native Son Farm, whips up pies on site with fruit grown, you guessed it, on site. It just doesn’t get much better (or fresher) than the homemade pie at Native Son Farm. And believe it or not, the pie is just one reason…

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Hurricane Season starts June 1

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PEARL, Miss. () – The Atlantic  officially starts June 1 and runs through November 30.

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center predicts above-average hurricane activity this year, predicting 14-21 named storms. The urges residents to prepare for the season ahead.

“Being prepared can be life-saving in the wake of a hurricane or tropical storm,” said MEMA…

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Formula shortage is ‘scary’ for Mississippi mothers


‘It’s scary’: Mothers scour stores, social media to find baby formula

As Mississippi parents of babies who are formula-fed grapple with the national shortage, parents on government assistance and those who have babies with allergies may face extra challenges.

The formula shortage is having a major impact in Mississippi, which has the second-lowest rate of breastfeeding in the nation. Parents are taking to social media to swap formulas and post about available products that are in stock at stores. Some are even attempting to start breastfeeding again – a difficult and time-consuming process – and doctors have had to issue warnings about homemade formula.

Supply-chain issues related to the pandemic are one cause of the formula shortage. Manufacturers are struggling to obtain certain ingredients, and labor issues have affected distribution. 

The shortage has also been exacerbated by a recent recall of three major baby formula brands manufactured by Abbott Nutrition after a probe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found bacterial contamination at one Abbott facility in Sturgis, Mich. At least four babies were hospitalized and two died after consuming contaminated formula, the Food and Drug Administration said.

At retailers across the country, 31% of the top-selling baby formula products were out of stock in April, according to an analysis from Datasembly, which tracked baby formula stock at more than 11,000 stores. 

In contrast, the national out-of-stock levels for baby formula were at 11% in November.

Lauren Bolsinger and her husband have been struggling to find formula for their 7-month-old baby girl, Vivianne, for several months, sometimes traveling to 10 different stores in a day and only finding one can of formula. They’ve switched formulas twice due to the shortage, and are now using a generic brand that upsets their baby’s stomach. 

“Every single day, we’re going to multiple stores just hoping that it’s restocked, but it’s completely out,” Bolsinger, who lives in Madison, said. 

Ashlee Wallace of Brandon has struggled to find the formula her 7-month-old son needs due to a cow’s milk protein allergy. 

“It’s scary to think about,” Wallace said. “What happens if we can’t get it? What do you do?”

Bolsinger has seen other moms in similar situations. She once ran into a young mom who was crying because the store didn’t have the formula she needed. The mom told her she had been to five stores that day searching for a specific formula her baby needs due to her child’s allergies. 

“Being able to get formula for your baby is not something a mom should have to worry about, at any point,” Bolsinger said. 

Some mothers who have relied on formula are attempting to restart breastfeeding after previously stopping, according to retired lactation consultant Nell Blakely of Brandon.

A notice warning customers of their infant formula purchase limits hangs on the shelves at Walmart in Ridgeland, Miss., Thursday, May 5, 2022. The U.S. is currently experiencing a shortage in infant formula.

Blakely helps run a Facebook support group for breastfeeding mothers. She said she has seen an average of two inquiries a day from moms looking for help with relactation.  

Blakely has been helping walk them through that difficult process with limited success. One method is for the mother to let her baby use her breast as a pacifier, which encourages the mother’s body to produce milk. 

Another method is using a breast pump in several minute increments 10 to 12 times per day.

“It’s doable, but I would never say that it isn’t a whole lot of work,” Blakely said. 

And for mothers on government assistance, finding the right type of formula can be uniquely challenging. The Women, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC) only covers four formula types unless an infant gets an exemption through a medical diagnosis. 

There were 84,000 women, children and infants who participated in WIC in Mississippi in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

WIC centers are telling parents who can’t find formula to contact their pediatricians and look into direct shipping from manufacturers if breastfeeding is not an option, said Liz Sharlot, director of communications at Mississippi Department of Health.

Dr. Anita Henderson, president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a pediatrician at The Pediatric Clinic in Hattiesburg, said her clinic has received many calls from concerned moms over the last few weeks because they’re having trouble finding the formula they use. 

“We’re encouraging them to check in different stores, because smaller pharmacies and grocery stores may get restocked more quickly, or just be utilized less than the large chains like Walmart.”

Some parents are making their own formula at home, a practice that health departments and doctors warn against.

 “Babies need those nutrients in the right combinations and the right concentration, and that’s impossible to guarantee if parents try to make it themselves,” Henderson said. 

Henderson also said it’s important that parents don’t dilute the formula they’re using to try and make their supply last longer. That not only cuts down on the nutritional value of the formula but can cause water intoxication in babies that results in major health problems like seizures.

Health officials are also asking parents not to hoard formula once they find it. Hoarding exacerbated shortages of items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer when those items became hard to find due to supply chain shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “Please be cognizant of the fact that there are many moms and dads out there and we all want to keep our babies fed,” Henderson said. 

The formula shortage has necessitated large multi-person hunts for the products. Facebook groups for moms are full of people asking where they can find a certain formula, while others alert the group to where they can find formula when they see it.

For Gina Lovette of Hernando, the hunt for formula has “become kind of gamified in a sick way.” She and other moms in the area have created a group chat where they go over their finds, sharing and trading cans of formula when they find the brands another is looking for.

“Moms know we have to look out for each other, but it’s ridiculous that we have to do this at all,” Lovette said. 

This article first appeared on Mississippi Today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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