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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.

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

Jackson readies shelters ahead of extreme cold temperatures

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Jackson readies shelters ahead of extreme cold temperatures

With extremely cold temperatures expected to hit this week, the City of Jackson is working with community organizations and the Sheriff’s Department to provide shelter for those in need.

The city’s Office of Housing and Community Development is partnering with Stewpot Community Services, Central Mississippi Continuum of Care, the Sheriff’s Department, Shower Power and Mississippi Housing Partnership to provide emergency responses.

The National Weather Service is forecasting very cold weather Thursday night through Saturday night for the metro Jackson area with low temperature in the single digits and highs near or below freezing for much of the area Friday and Saturday. Strong and gusty winds will likely result in wind chill readings below zero, especially from late Thursday night through Friday.

The Shephard’s Gymnasium at 1355 Hattiesburg St. in Jackson will serve as a temporary shelter from 3 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. The city says it will be open 24 hours a day and be properly staffed and monitored. Cots and blankets will be provided with at least two meals a day. Pets will not be admitted.

A limited number of hotel rooms also are available for families and elderly individuals in need of warm shelter during these days. For more information, contact Freddric Brandon, homeless coordinator for the city.

The following overnight shelters will also remain open for residents:

  • Billy Brumfield Emergency Shelter for Men, 1244 S. Gallatin St.
  • Matt’s House Emergency Shelter for Women & Women with Children, 355 Livingston St.
  • The Opportunity Center, 845 W. Amite St. (Open 24 hours Thursday to Tuesday)
  • Gateway Rescue Mission, 410 S. Gallatin St. (Open all day Friday and Saturday in addition to normal hours)
  • Salvation Army, 570 Beasley Rd.
  • Mississippi Housing Partnership, 1217 N. West St.
  • REACH Jackson
  • Anyone in need of warm shelter should call Stewpot at 601-353-2759 for assessment and referral, or email info@stewpot.org.

Those who would like to help their neighbors in need over the next few days, here is a list of needed items:

  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Jackets/coats
  • Long Johns
  • Handwarmers
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Lip balm
  • T-shirts for layering

Volunteers alsobring donations to the Stewpot office (open until Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Stewpot Community Kitchen (open from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-2 p.m. on Sundays), or to another organization that serves people experiencing homelessness.

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

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Jackson, Mississippi, mayor says “coordinated effort” needed to end water crisis

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Jackson, Mississippi, mayor says “coordinated effort” needed to end water crisis
Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi, says federal funding allocated to the city as part of the American Rescue Plan is “insufficient” to address the city’s water infrastructure.

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