FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 16, 2021
Tuesday afternoon update:
WATER GRADUALLY RETURNING TO FAUCETS; BOIL WATER NOTICE REMAINS IN PLACE
JACKSON, Miss– The City of Jackson remains under a precautionary citywide boil water notice following complications at the City’s O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. A majority of customers on the City’s surface water system by Tuesday afternoon have water but some are still experiencing low water pressure out of their faucets.
City Engineer Dr. Charles Williams said at a 3 p.m. news briefing that water pressure had risen to 78 psi from about 75 psi early Tuesday morning. This is a sign that water is gradually being restored across the system. (The safe zone is anywhere from 85 to 90 psi)
However, it is expected that water pressure remains low in some areas of South Jackson that experienced outages. Residents are asked to contact the City if they still have no water.
Today, the City began distributing about 10 pallets of bottled water at the Metrocenter Mall for residents in need. Officials will re-evaluate the additional distribution of water based upon the latest updates from the Public Works Department.
Williams said it will take two positive tests from the state Department of Health to lift the boil water notice. That could happen as early as Thursday, he said.