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Jackson Public Works Department still searching for the water leak

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Jackson public works department is still searching for the water leak that caused water pressure to drop in south Jackson and Byram several weeks ago.
They have located some standing water, but it's in a wooded, swampy area, making access almost impossible.

"We've been trying to get equipment mobilized so we could get down on that location and see if that is the location of the leak," said Public Works Director Kishia Powell.

In the meantime, crews continue to search from the OB Curtis water treatment south along where the pipe runs, trying to pinpoint the problem.

"Once we determine if there is some type of failure in that location there, but we won't know until we get, or are able to put our eyes on the pipe or see some evidence that water is coming up from a certain location," said Powell.

Water customers are now on being serviced off the back-up well system. Some are seeing brown water, but officials say it is safe to drink.

"Fortunately we still had those wells, physically intact and were monitoring them so they are providing a good backup to the system," said Powell. "Well utilize the wells. We talked to the health department and we are ok'd to utilize those facilities during this period."

City officials say the next step to finding the leak is an internal search, where they put a device in the pipe and search from the inside.

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