Saturday, September 17, 2022

WLBT: Fewell Almost Closed in July

 Just when you think the news of the Jackson water crisis can't get any worse, it does, right.  WLBT reported: 

A water plant that state leaders called a “workhorse” for its performance during Jackson’s water crisis almost went down this summer after city officials couldn’t come to an agreement on how to pay for additional treatment chemicals needed to keep it running.

Emails obtained by WLBT show that the J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant was in danger of being shut down on July 27, not only because of a lack of chemicals but because city leaders couldn’t reach an agreement on how to pay for more.

Alum is used to treat turbidity, or water cloudiness. When alum falls to a certain level in the tanks, the pumps quit working, explained former Deputy Director of Water Operations Mary Carter....

At the time, the city had $4,900 left in the chemical line item for the Fewell plant. It would need $150,000 to purchase the additional supply.

Emails show Carter told the Deputy Director of Administration Sharon Thames about the need for more money at least as early on July 19, where she explained to her why she couldn’t use certain funds which were encumbered....

It was not until July 27 when Carter was informed by Fiscal Officer Erica Thomas that $150,000 could be transferred from two other line items to make the purchase.

Thomas’ email came about an hour after Carter emailed members of the administration to warn them the plant was only hours away from a shutdown. “Has the money been moved?” she asked. “The well system will have to be shut down tonight. CORRECTION: The J.H. Fewell Plant will have to shut down.”

She says the funds were transferred, an emergency order was written up and alum was trucked in that night, “I think around 7 or 8 o’clock,” she said.... Article.

Kingfish note: Speechless.  Completely speechless.


Anonymous said...

What brand of violin do you think Lamumba plays in the evenings?

Anonymous said...

I sure His Nibs Chowke just forgot to mention this, right?

Anonymous said...

Poor Chowke can't keep up with these small details while he is partying in Ft. Lauderdale, Banff, Atlanta, New Jersey...

Anonymous said...

Well, when elected officials say they need $1billion to fix a Plant that cost $27million to build, $2million to buy $150,000 worth of chemicals seems pretty reasonable.

Kingfish said...

Wrong. HALF of OBC cost that much to build. The other half was built in 2007.

Anonymous said...

Dayum! I read too fast. I thought this was an announcement the either Maggie or Howard was leaving. Now, back to our regularly scheduled boring-ass program.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate timely alerts to problems.

Anonymous said...

And the band played on.

Anonymous said...

Hey lil Chokwe and Brian grizzel read and weep. You morons we don’t need a new water plant we just need your dumb asses out of the way. Go talk to Roland Martin some more. His reach is as bad as Otha cains… both are huge racist.

Anonymous said...

Don’t worry about water. Just make sure the zoo remains funded. Seems logical. Feed the animals before the people. Makes sense to me

Anonymous said...

This goes against the national media narrative that the only reason Jackson's water system failed was due to racism.

Anonymous said...

5:55. Right on. The national media lazily takes bullshit from Lumumba as the gospel, as it plays into what they have been selling from the get-go. It is all the white man's fault. The Clarion Ledger is the worst.

Anonymous said...

I see some commenters just go into attack the mayor mode without reading the article.

At no point ,even if you didn't was this a communication other than between two people dealing with a chemical supply problem.
In reading the rest, it was the city council that gave the water dept less money for chemicals than requested.
Now, look at who on the city council decided that was "wise".

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Carter was on the ball.

Anonymous said...

Shad better be checking on who sells COJ this Alum ( and other chemicals)

Anonymous said...

Shad doesn't have the authority to audit a municipality. Besides, he's busy enough as a school consultant.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's always good to observe the inner workings of a well run organization.

Anonymous said...

Carter: 2
King: 0

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