FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2021
CITY OF JACKSON ALERTS CUSTOMERS TO SANITARY SEWER OVERFLOW/BYPASS
(JACKSON, Miss.) – On Monday, May 18, 2021, the City of Jackson issued an alert to customers in the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant area concerning a sanitary sewer overflow/bypass.
The sewage bypass occurred as a result of excessive infiltration and inflow after the significant rain event on May 17, 2020. The City of Jackson responds to overflows in a manner consistent with state and federal standards. We are warning the public to avoid contact with the Pearl River from Savanna Street in Jackson to Swinging Bridge Road in Byram until the SSO/Bypass has ceased.
• The SSO/Bypass is happening at the Savanna Street Waste Water Treatment Plant
• This is a result of excessive flow coming from the wastewater collection system during the rain event on May 17, 2020.
• SSO/Bypass flow is going to the Pearl River outside of the Savanna Street Waste Water Treatment Plant
• Due to an ongoing improvement project at the Savanna Street Waste Water Plant, the sewage bypass flow was manually chlorinated starting from 8:30 am through 2:10 pm., in order to kill pathogens in the bypass to reduce the threat to human health. However, this does not make the affected waters safe for contact.
If you have questions regarding the SSO/Bypass from the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant, please call the City’s Contract Operator, Veolia North America at (601) 372-3439.
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