For Immediate Release:
September 12, 2022
(Jackson, Miss.) – The O.B. Curtis Water Plant remained at a steady pressure over the past 24 hours and is currently working at 88 PSI. Overall water production did increase yesterday on both the membrane and conventional side of the plant. All tanks are maintaining good margins of overhead storage. The team continues to work to increase production capacity.
Raw water pump #4 is being pulled back from the pump platform today. It was determined when it was installed Saturday that it requires additional repair. This does not affect current plant input. All raw water pumps that were in use remain in use, including the temporary rental pump. Sedimentation Basin #2 cleaning was completed and has been placed back in service on the conventional plant. Membrane Train #6 completed cleaning yesterday and Membrane Train #1 will be placed in cleaning cycle today. These cleaning cycles increase water production capacity.
A large group of EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) teams are now on site supplementing O.B. Curtis staff in addition to the assistance from the Mississippi Rural Water Association. The teams onsite are from South Carolina, Michigan and Maryland. Additional teams from Ohio will arrive today. These teams include operators, mechanics, instrument technicians and maintenance.
Investigative sampling will continue today to monitor water quality. At this time the distribution system is not ready for full sampling to clear the boil water notice. We will continue to evaluate when full sampling can begin. This is contingent upon sustained pressure. We will need two rounds of clear samples to be able to remove the boil water notice.
If you are experiencing discolored water or no pressure please, report using this tool https://arcg.is/0LDmjb. This will allow us to track any remaining issues and address them. We are currently monitoring this information to respond as needed.