Thursday, September 8, 2022

Water Crisis Update

Jackson Update for today posted at bottom of post. 

Kumbayah was the theme yesterday as EPA Grand Poobah Michael Regan, Governor Tate Reeves, and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba joined hands and preached unity at a press conference held at JSU yesterday.  EPA Administrator Regan inspected O.B. Curtis before the press conference.


* Administrator Regan, Lord Protector Tate Reeves,  and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba  met at JSU.  Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith as well as Congressmen Bennie Thompson and Michael Guest joined in through teleconference.

* Mr. Regan said Jackson will receive $26 million SRF 2022 funds and  $30 million in 2021 SRF funds. He said Mississippi will receive $450 million in the next few years.  Cities such as Jackson need to apply for such funds. The portal opens in October.  Mayor Lumumba said he will apply. 

* Governor Reeves graciously thanked Mr. Regan for coming to Jackson.  A reporter asked him how much the state would spend to help Jackson.  He said the state has spent $200 million on Jackson in the last few years. He said investigative testing of the water is taking place.  He said it takes three days for clean water leaving the plant to flush out the unclean water.  

* The Governor said the Corps of Engineers has a planning team at OBC.  FEMA is assisting in planning as well. 

* The Mayor said a new plant is a possibility.  Uh-oh.  

Note: This presser would have been covered yesterday but JJ did not receive notification of the press conference.  The city nor the Governor's office issued notices as they usually do.  The EPA was going to hold the press conference downtown but changed it to JSU at the last minute.  The EPA would not allow the city nor the state to stream the press conference. 

Daily Command Incident Report

Production reached 53 million gallons.  However, much of the progress was due to increased production at Fewell. The old plant, the homely-looking wife who takes care of the home even when swapped out for a trophy, increased production to 27 million gallons.  However, O.B. Curtis produced 26 million gallons, far below its 50 million gallon per day capacity.  The report is posted below. 

Staff managed to drain one tank at OBC.  Needless to say, the sludge was at an unacceptable level. Read the reports and notice the long list of repairs, more proof the water treatment plant has been neglected for quite some time.


Jackson Update 9/8/2022

The O.B. Curtis Water Plant remained at a steady pressure over the past 24 hours and is currently working at 87 PSI. The gains made yesterday in the overhead storage tanks were maintained overnight. Forest Hill High School did have pressure restored yesterday.

Overall water production is increased from earlier in the week. O.B. Curtis produced 24.1 million gallons yesterday (24 hours period ending at midnight). The membrane plant produced 14.1 million gallons and the conventional produced 10 million gallons. The membrane plant did increase production from the prior day. This is the type of capacity increase the team has been working toward.

More repairs to high service pumps that deliver pressure and water to the city were made yesterday and all high service pumps are now functional. Restoration of the Ammonia water line continues today. This will help improve water quality in the distribution system. Automated processes are being restored each day. Work continues with restoration of the sludge plant. Sedimentation Basin #3 was cleared of sediment yesterday and work continues to clean that basin for further assessment. A mutual aid operator has arrived and will start covering shifts over the coming days to supplement existing operators.  

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 This will allow us to track any remaining issues and address them. We are currently monitoring this information to respond as needed.


Anonymous said...

"OUR CUPS RUNNETH OVER". It's all about money and nobody is being left out. That's fine with Tater, Bennie, and especially our mayor. In the meantime Biden's boys can play this scene to fit their progressive narrative without GOP pushback. Wrong-way Jackson MS. was in the right place at the right time...

Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere in the US where Democrats have turned somewhere into a great place to live? Asking for a friend!

Anonymous said...

No streaming allowed per the EPA? That must be some of the Joe Xiden transparency, right? Sounds like a 1st Amendment violation.

Anonymous said...

Emperor Antar thinks he's some sort of intellectual with his preventative automotive maintenance analogies to the various fools in the press who'll actually believe him, but it is increasingly apparent that over the past 6 years Mayor Talk-a-lot has allowed OBC to descend into a lack-of-maintenance disrepair hell.

Anonymous said...

I bet the maier is loving this water plant disaster. The garbage collection debacle has gone silent.

Anonymous said...

Why are you giving the governor a hard time for stepping in and fixing the problem? He is a republican governor and the capital city is run by democrats. As always with the national media when democrats destroy something they look for a republican to blame. I can assure you the last thing the governor wanted to do was to step in and take control of this situation but he had no choice. There was already a TikTok video of a water truck parked in front of the governor's mansion last week calling for the national media to come in and crucify him. Good job Governor Reeves but don't rest easy because I'm sure you will have to rescue these incompetent fools from themselves again.

Anonymous said...

Tater sure is sucking in that gut, and Chokwad looks like high school hipster.

Anonymous said...

No handshake between the Governor & the Mayor. Somehow that's not surprising.
At least they acknowledged Administrator Regan.

Anonymous said...

When the test results show Jackson's water is fit to drink will the water plant be returned to the city? If so anyone want to make a bet when there will be the first boil notice?

Bandz A Make Them Dance ft Lil' Tater and Baby Chok said...

Any time a Mississippi rebiblican like Tater can get one of Uncle Sugar's Agency Big Hats to come to town and make it rain then you know he's happier than the strippers at the club when the rappers in tha house with bandz!

Anonymous said...

I can see it now:

Socrates Garret water plant construction company.
First A.M.E. church water line division
Second M.B church pipe company
Leroy Walker welding company
etc., etc.

Kingfish said...

Supposedly Soc is angling for a piece of the upcoming action, backed by Jacobs.

Anonymous said...

I would like further explanation of EPA not allowing streaming. THAT! in itself is a story of greater concern than Lamumbalot’s intentional sabotage of CoJ infrastructure. Need to contact my Congressman….”HEY BENNNNNIE!”

Kingfish said...

The EPA wouldn't allow city or state to stream. Didn't stop media that was lucky enough to be there.

Anonymous said...

KF did you ever think that the reason you weren’t invited is because your blog is mostly the catalyst that is stirring up the animosity between Tater and Mayor Lumumba? The EPA is just trying to put out the fires that you are starting!

Kingfish said...

Funny how you never refute the facts, just scream racism. You're merely a trained seal who bleats racism upon any and all stimuli

Anonymous said...

Why be racist when you can just be quiet?

Anonymous said...

From day one, the incident commands reports have read like a laundry list of routine maintenance ignored, neglected, and/or unable to be performed by the few City workers still standing. My biggest fear all along was that it would all go to shit the minute Antar got his grubby hands back on the controls. Then I thought I saw glimmers of hope that the adults in the room —regardless of race, color, or creed — were on to Antar’s grotesque incompetence.

BUT, Something about this meeting is giving me MAJOR ANXIETY. Antar is like a bobble-head gnat that you cannot swat away. You can wish he wasn’t in the room but you can’t keep him out. He ends up being such a distraction that he wears you down and you just throw in the towel.

Am I letting paranoia get the better of me?

Anonymous said...

@ 12:25 Its there excuse for everything and they will never give it up.

Anonymous said...

Let’s be straight. Mumba never submitted any plan. He knows it. Tate knows it. Bennie knows it. EPA knows it. Local state senators and state representatives know it. The mainstream media knows-just too chicken shit to say it. Mumba is incompetent. He didn’t start the water plant crisis but he and his staff are way to incompetent to find solutions. Now he wants all the money to fix it without any accountability-and that money won’t fix anything if he gets it. It will be doled out to his friends, his church , the naacp and community organizers. The only way the water system gets fixed and stays fixed is state control and or private control under state authority and accountability.

Anonymous said...

12:33 PM
Ask the "man" in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

Facts are not racist.

Anonymous said...

I worked for 35 years in a MS agency that deals with EPA and SRF funds. The EPA has no authority over state or local government streaming. Further, the last time I checked the laws, the EPA was not the one making the decision about how much SRF funding any particular city might get. That is controlled by federal law and regulations, state law and regulations, and the annual priority system and intended use plan. That being said, the administrator certainly might know the number from reading the state's documents, which are submitted to the EPA.

But, the state's Intended Use Plan for the Drinking Water SRF reveals that for FFY-2022 the Local Governments and Rural Water Systems Improvements Board has set a maximum SRF loan amount of $5,000,000 per borrower. The Board may allow (on a case-by-case basis if requested by the borrower and the need has been justified) the maximum loan limit to be exceeded by a vote of the Board. Furthermore, during FFY-2022, no more than one loan per borrower will be allowed. I do not see the City of Jackson anywhere on the funding list for 2022 or after.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel


Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS