Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jackson water update

The city of Jackson issued the following water update last night.

 Jackson, MS - Water pressure and flow continues to slowly return to normal in many areas within the City of Jackson water distribution network of pipelines. The number of new main breaks has subsided while repairs continue.  However, other areas continue to experience low pressure in areas immediately near main break sites, which will have little to no pressure or flow available until those breaks are repaired.

The demand for water supplied from the treatment plants is subsiding. We are able to maintain the maximum safe level of pressure leaving the treatment plants, while treating and pumping less water.  The primary focus now for water system management and engineering personnel is checking pressure at fire hydrants in areas still experiencing lower-than-normal pressures in an attempt to identify possible closed valves that may be affecting water flow through the system.  It is not an unusual occurrence in water systems to experience valves that remain inadvertently closed following main break repairs that occurred months or even years previously.

As a result of the continued progress on repairing main breaks and the increased pressure from the treatment plants, we have lifted the boil water advisory for customers north of Northside Drive and for customers that are served by the system wells of wells in southeastern Jackson.  The remainder of the City of Jackson continues to be under a boil water advisory, including customers in the following mailing zip codes:  39201, 39202, 39203, 39204, 39206, 39209, 39212, 39213, and 39216.  The alert will continue in those areas until pressure is restored to the system and water test samples are demonstrated to be safe.

As of 12:00 PM today, we have experienced a total of one hundred twenty-nine confirmed water main breaks on distribution lines since Sunday, January 1.

We were able to add an additional contractor crew yesterday and now have three city crews and eight contractor crews working to repair these breaks.

Of the one hundred twenty-nine confirmed breaks, we have successfully completed seventy-one breaks with nineteen additional repairs underway.  Several of the new breaks are adjacent to repairs that were recently completed on aging pipes.  Light rainfall is expected intermittently today and is not expected to disrupt repair efforts.

Although pressure has begun to be restored to some areas, there are thirty-eight confirmed breaks that have not yet been assigned to city crews or contractor crews, but will be assigned later today or tomorrow.  The crews will continue to work twelve-hour shifts until pressure has been fully restored to the system.  There are seven leaks reported by citizens calling 311 that have not yet been confirmed as water main breaks.

We are closely watching the weather forecast for this coming weekend as nighttime lows are expected to return to the low- to mid-twenties.  We are doing everything possible to restore system pressure in advance of the arrival of that cold front. The City of Jackson will continue to keep you informed as this situation develops.


Anonymous said...

Should we start a betting pool for number of new breaks over the next cold snap?

Anonymous said...

Jackson has more water/sewer problems that you can fathom. I understand and work in this industry, and I deal with Jackson regularly. I have been one of their biggest critics. I am hopeful that they are starting to turn the corner. I'm seeing positive signs out of the new Public Works Director, and how that is trickling down to employees. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. This thing can't be fixed overnight, but I think they are starting to make some slight headway on what is going to be a long and tough row to hoe.

Anonymous said...

Saw a report on yesterday evening that really chaps my hide! The children who have been out of school are going to soup kitchens because their meals at school apparently are their main meals of their day. While I'm grateful they have somewhere to go, why is it okay or acceptable, it SEEMS, for adults not to be held accountable or for them not to be able to feed their children, ADEQUATELY? So not only are these students missing out on valuable first of the 2nd semester learning, they are possibly going hungry. :(

Anonymous said...

12:55- Families and individuals that live in poverty do depend on outside sources
For adequate food sources. With the closure of the schools this week the children
do not get breakfast, lunch and heathy snacks during the day. I am happy that
We do have charitable organizations that will supply these children with meals.
But what about the children that can't get to one of these agencies? I hurt for
These kids.

Anonymous said...

And we wonder why the schools are abysmal and city is a unsalvageable.
Parents say kids are the real victim of the Jackson Water crises
Kids are having to go the stewpot to eat b/c their parents (or more than likely, parent singular) are too broke or lazy to provide food for their multitude of offspring.
I'm not sure if that's whitey's fault for white flight, whitey's fault for not voting in more social services at the state or federal level, or whitey's fault for closing stores to create "food apartheid" (yes, real term being used now) or "food deserts" ...but i'm sure this is whitey's fault.

Anonymous said...


The parents spend all of their money on rims, hair weaves, and drugs. There's nothing left for the kids after all that. Plus if they can get it for free, then those parents will jump on the opportunity. Taking advantage is what they're all about. Parenting skills is not exactly that demographics strong suit.

Kingfish said...

They do? Quite a few of them don't because they are too damn poor but I guess the view gets skewed from reunion or across the Pearl River.

Anonymous said...

Right kingfish. And I guess that's why most of the parents (let's be honest, mothers) are morbidly obese yet they can't get food for the kids.

Anonymous said...

12:55 & 1:43 - I call BS! If it's true that these kids only get fed at school, then where were they eating during Xmas break?

Anonymous said...

and just when you thought Jackson couldn't get anymore Jackson
"Seven people were arrested for stealing stuff from Jackson schools while they have been closed due to the water issues in the city."

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