Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mayor Reports Water Theft Investigation at Water/Sewer Admin

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued the following statement.

This matter is currently under investigation and we are not prepared to release any information at this time. We are working with the Jackson Police Department as some criminal charges may come out in the investigation. We will advise the media regarding our findings once the investigation has been concluded. We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved within the next 4 – 6 weeks.


Anonymous said...

Water is free in Jackson. How can you steal something that is free?

Anonymous said...

So.... yeah we knew this was going on for a long time. Got anything new?

Anonymous said...

Once they find out it was FOBC (friends of baby chocke), it will be water under the bridge. (Don't want to rain on anyone's parade.)

Anonymous said...

In other news, I am more surprised to find out water is wet.

Anonymous said...

The whole water/sewer admin and the city government is one big crime. They've gotten my water incorrect for months now and refuse to check the meter (which, there are plenty of problems with estimating usage and then suddenly claiming to read a meter when customers complain about thousand dollar water bills- what's the baseline usage??) Can't get the city to return a call. Can't get Ward 1 City Council to acknowledge or help. Screw the water dept. Screw the city council and screw the mayor. All hot air. This is what drives taxpaying citizens to Madison and Rankin Counties.

Anonymous said...

I know many people who have never received a bill. Seems pretty easy to match property tax rolls to water/sewer accounts. Btw - I’ve made this suggestion to city admin numerous times since 2013, but it never happens. Those people are still getting free services, while I’m one of the unlucky ones who has always received bills. I think I’m just going to stop paying. What recourse do they have? Lien on property? Hahahahahaha. I also have questioned that many times over the years. That wouldn’t be right in our dignity economy.

Anonymous said...

Why do you gotta always leave the water running Marv? We’re the Wet Bandits Harry... get it? The Wet Bandits.

Anonymous said...

We are hopeful that this matter will be resolved within the next 4 – 6 weeks. . . . . . . (sigh)

Anonymous said...

524, what recourse do they have? They can -and no, will - cut the water off. If you want to continue living there without water, then I guess they have little recourse, which probably wouldn't work to we'll after a couple of weeks - in a lack of dignity economy.

Columbo said...

4-6 weeks? Hell, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre was solved and wrapped up in eight days! In 4-6 weeks, Baby Chock can shift all the guilty friends and associates to other jobs and hide their involvement - sorta like the Catholic Church and priests.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

@624 - you’re kidding yourself BroHam. They can’t even send people out to read a meter. Do you really expect me or anyone else to believe they are actually cutting water off? That would be mean...right?

Anonymous said...

@ 4:04
Yes I live in ward 1. Ashby Foote is a bad as they come. No response is the norm. I usually have to call Virgi ward 7 for help. Ashby Foote is purely horrible. Absolutely horrible. So I understand your frustration with Ashby. I'm hoping he out soon.

Anonymous said...

Why are we talking about stealing some water in Jackson when a visitor from Texas was murdered Wednesday evening at his motel?

Very little news coverage about this incident.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chok - That @#$% hasn't been fixed for years you think people believe you're going to fix it in 4-6 weeks?! You're a special kind of stupid aren't you?

Anonymous said...

8:26 - So...You 'hoping he out soon'? Who you hoping be in?

Anonymous said...

They cut the water off on one of my old rentals in northeast Jackson. I just turned it back on and had eater for five years before I sold it.

Anonymous said...

8:35 - Because murder in Jackson is not news and Baby Chok talking about water bills IS news.

Anonymous said...

6:37 am I've no doubt you did succeed in being a crook.

I want you to go look at the new meters and tell us how you'd save yourself some money now.

I live in northeast Jackson and have been very pleased with the improvements in the water dept. during this administration. When I called about a bill I believed to be in error, they sent someone out within the week and my bill was adjusted after a meter read make it clear that the estimate was in error.

My estimate was too high because my usage history had changed. I suspected that was the case before I called.

Some of you commenting have obviously never bothered to find out anything about how the system is supposed to work. It is too costly to send out meter readers monthly anymore. That has been the case for decades in every city everywhere.

Old meters made stealing easy with a tool that could be purchased at any hardware store. That's why meters needed to be replaced.

The problems didn't happen in days or weeks but over decades. Try to be realistic in your expectations.

Anonymous said...

@844 - Realistic in expectations? Do you hear yourself? This has been going on since 2013. That's 6 case you're math challenged!! There are hundreds, if not thousands of people who don't receive bills. Have never received a bill. Wrap you head around that for a minute. Yet, the unlucky ones like myself never stopped getting bills. Once they finally get it right and get everyone bills, most of those will say "Main, I can't afford this...I didn't use that much water". In fact they did. Those people will get a 6K bill, and divided out over 6 years, it's a bargain. Then, the city will offer amnesty day, and provide a hard reset for those people. It sets a bad precedent.

Anonymous said...

Some folks don’t like the competition !

Anonymous said...

"Some of you commenting have obviously never bothered to find out anything about how the system is supposed to work. It is too costly to send out meter readers monthly anymore. That has been the case for decades in every city everywhere."

That was the comment by @8:44. The point of the new system is that it was an AMI system, so you wouldn't send out meter readers at all. You would read the meters in the office remotely. The meters would actually read into the office several times daily. The meter lid would have a radio and a battery, and it would transmit the readings.

You basically have several methods utilities use:
1. Manual reads
2. Touch read systems
3. AMR or "drive-by reads"
4. AMI or "tower reads"

The beauty of the AMI system is that you get reads about every 2 hours so it helps determine leaks in a customers house. The downside to the AMI system is that you don't have an employee putting his hand on that meter 12 times per year (assuming you can trust the employee to help you catch straight piping).

Many utilities in the metro area have AMI or AMR systems. You have Sensus, Badger, etc.

Anonymous said...

6:37 - smart that you posted as an anonymous commentator, since you just admitted to being a criminal. Stealing water (turning on a meter and not paying the bill is theft) just because you could do it an get away with it doesn't change the fact that you are nothing but a common criminal.

Anonymous said...

Could he possibly be saying that he paid the city a few bucks to turn it back on, and they then never billed him again? Likely scenario. They don’t have a clue who is actually receiving bills. Don’t blame this guy. He’s an opportunist like most. It’s the cities fault. Want to call someone criminal?? That’s your idiot city leadership for not having common sense enough to compare property tax rolls to water/sewer customers. They brag they’re up to 84% collections, but not even that percentage is receiving bills.

Anonymous said...

I don’t remember the last time one of my tenants actually had an account with Jackson water and sewer. It has to be at least ten years ago.

Anonymous said...

It is too costly to send out meter readers monthly anymore.

Hey Einstein, before the new meters Jackson WAS NOT reading meters monthly. You are full of shit.

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