Sunday, October 11, 2015

Water breaks out across the city

The city of Jackson issued the following statement:


There has been a rash of water main breaks across the City of Jackson. Crews have been working throughout the weekend and will continue to make repairs on a priority basis.

Major breaks affecting critical facilities and the highest number of residents are given priority. Until a crew is mobilized, water may be turned down at these locations, if the leak or break is causing damage or excessive loss of water. Residents are encouraged to call the city's action line, 311, to report a break. Temperature fluctuations and other factors can lead to an increase in breaks.




29 comments:

Anonymous said...

We are Jackson!

Anonymous said...

In all seriousness, this can't be common. I've never heard of any other city experiencing so many issues with water lines. What's the deal? Has Jackson just been asleep at the wheel for so long they didn't notice when routine maintenance was needed? Or is this even an issue that routine maintenance would've prevented?

Does this happen across the country, and I'm just not aware of it?

Why do people in Jackson just accept this? I'm really curious as to what the root cause of the problem is, and how/ if this could've been prevented from happening in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Jackson is so irretrievably broken and ruined, the legislative and executive branches of the state government need to work on finding a place to relocate the entirety of the state government. A move to a new Capital city is in order.

Anonymous said...

12:30 what a dumb idea, where to? Tchula, Panther Burn, Eden, Midnight, Louise, how about Tupelo?? Think about it...there are so many awesome places in Mississippi that have incredible infrastructure. It's time to fix this shit and find (and elect) people who know what the F**K they are doing. I seriously can't remember the last time I needed or WANTED to go downtown. There are several successful cases of these kinds of redevelopments in capital cities, but they knew what was at stake and brought serious talent in to manage the process, one look at Farish skreet should tell you all you need to know.

Anonymous said...

The solution will be forced through Chapter 9, ala Detroit. A federal bankruptcy judge will appoint an emergency financial manager to usurp and replace incompetent political "leadership." Once competent, court-accountable oversight is in place, the legislature will have a trustworthy structure in place within which to make appropriate investments. There is no way in hell the legislature should consider any financial assistance until then.

Anonymous said...

12:18 - valid concerns. Aging infrastructure is a national problem. Jackson is not alone in this. It's going to be an expensive fix. Here is just one article among many out there about it: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/water-main-breaks-across-u-s-not-an-easy-fix/

Anonymous said...

Yes, 12:18. Previous administrations were asleep at the wheel. There must not have been a master plan in place for regular maintenance, repair and replacement. In any event, the current administration has inherited this and is forced to bandaid as there are breaks, rather than follow an organized plan.

Anonymous said...

Jackson has never had great leadership but now has none. Ditto was when the big drop started. Most cities in metro area have much better planning.

H. Rap Brown said...

The Public Works Director cries at City Council meetings to avoid answering questions and being held accountable.

#FFNEJ said...

#TheyAreJackson
#FindThe3rdWorldInFondren

Anonymous said...

The areas of Jackson that are facing these water problems are those that are 80 - 100 years old; water mains that were built with cast iron, that at the time was felt to be the best material that would last "forever". Of course, that was a bad assumption but sounded good at the time.

Those in Madison, Ridgeland, Flowood, etc that want to throw stones should understand the difference in their infrastructure that was built in the last few decades with today's 'best materials'. One day, they will be facing similar problems if they don't keep up with replacements as needed.

This administration did inherit many problems - but they are not faultless. They don't have a clue as to what to do with the problems they have. HizzHonor the Mayor feels that all he has to do is go around and continue his spiritual handshakes - what got him where he is today - and smile and say its all under control without any idea of how to get it under control. Reminds me of Donald Trump's approach - just count on me to do it because I'll do it. But no solution in hand as to how.

Our new Public Works Director is now back in Baltimore - for a few months - while "Rome is burning". Guess she feels that if Jim Hood can operate with an IPad and telephone and draw his salary, she can as well.

There are solutions for our fair city, but this administration, nor this City Council, has any idea how to deal with it. Too bad we can't have an impeachment and new election now, without having to wait until 2017.

Anonymous said...

There is drought that is contributing to all the above. I was told this is the worse drought in Jackson since the 20's.

Anonymous said...

MY NEJax neighborhood is riddled with water pipe breaks. The former subdivision is only 47 years old.

Anonymous said...

6th driest year on record but 84 days still remain in rainfall year. Worst since 1954.

Anonymous said...

Jackson sits on Yazoo.clay and old piping. No one's fault for thar but repairs must be timely made.

And the City of Jackson needs to cut off water to anyone stealing it. Very simple. Mayor man up and cut off the bastards stealing water. Very simple. Why aren't you doing it?

H2O My said...

Nothing to see here. It's just the constant rumble of all that construction equipment rattling Jackson windows and undermining substructures.

Anonymous said...

"BLK EASTOVER DR"? Anyone know what BLK means?

Anonymous said...

"Block"

Just a guess: KF did not print, or did not receive,the leftmost column of the spreadsheet, with house numbers. No house number was reported so the dispatcher had to enter the block number.

Anonymous said...

It is shorthand for Beasley Road which the natives call the Black Eastover Drive.

Kingfish said...

That is exactly what was sent. Nothing was omitted.

Anonymous said...

those Romans were such show offs what with their running water and all...

Anonymous said...

While water breaks in the City isn't unusual, to have this many at the same time, before we even have any cold weather, is odd. Is it safe to assume that this winter is going to be worse than normal on Jackson's water pipes?

Anonymous said...

Reservoir infrastructure has dramatically started failing over the past 5 years. Roads collapsing, water pipes breaking, sinkholes around houses. Guess Sigman and his cronies have learned a lot from Jackson....

Rally At The Steps 10:00 said...

Maybe some of you missed the post, above, remarking on the 47 year old crumbling system. And don'tchu reckon Vicksburg, with it's century old system and hills, valleys and torturous earth-shifts would have similar or worse problems?

Anonymous said...

The water main breaks can be repaired from the revenue that would be produced by cutting off the people stealing Jackson water. No, Mr. Mayor, water is not a City "gratuity" for the select citizen straight pipers.

Anonymous said...

Those good ole gravel roads remind me of my childhood home in the county. Brings back such a warm feeling inside.

Clause 4A-6b said...

"The people who have suffered racial strife and demonstrable inequality for generations will not be penalized for their decision to obtain city utility services without payment therefor."

Anonymous said...

As an aside I remember the winter 5 or 6 years ago when there were about 100 water main breaks in one freezing day. The city workers got them all (or almost all) repaired in 1 - 2 days. The guys standing in waist-deep, 33 degree water all day for what the city pays them are a jewel among the usual dross on the city payroll.

Anonymous said...

As was mentioned in an earlier comment, the drought is having a lot to do with all the breaks. My house is about a 1/4 mile off the road with probably 1/3 of a mile of two inch pipe buried 18 inches deep from the water meter to my house. That two in line is my responsibility. Since the drought started I've had to repair 5 leaks where the ground has moved and caused the couplings where the sections of pipe are joined to break. Thankfully the my water supplier has not had the breakage issues other municipalities are having......yet.

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