JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - More than 40,000 Jackson residents are still experiencing little to no water pressure inside of their home.
This comes after the city’s water system was crippled during last weeks winter storms. But things could be changing very soon.
City leaders are now issuing an expected date on when they hope to have the water restored.
”We hope the majority of the city mid-week will start to see the restoration and maybe, hopefully, by the end of the week, the remainder of the city,” said city engineer Dr. Charles Williams. “We have to have a lot of things go perfectly over the next couple of days.”
Williams said one key component to meeting that expected date is an increase in water pressure at the J.H. Fewell and O. B. Curtis Water Treatment Plants.
“Last week, on Wednesday, we had around 37 psi (pounds per square inch). We got around 67, so that’s good,” said Williams. “We would like to get to hopefully about 75 either late today or tomorrow, so therefore you will see more water being restored into the system.”
However, as the water system continues to thaw out and improve, city leaders find themselves tackling another issue: Water main breaks.
The city is reporting more than 20 water main breaks. As of Monday, they’ve fixed 6 of them. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the ruptures are leading to more problems.
“I would still say that filling those tanks is still the biggest problem,” the mayor said. “However, as that pressure increases, then that means we are pushing the force of water in a stronger capacity through our pipes and so we will see ruptures in some of the pipes across the city and so that will lead to a challenge and getting water in the distribution system. So we will then have to go and repair those breaks.”
Here are the unrepaired water main breaks:
1. 3006 Charleston Drive
2. 354 E Mays Street
3. 3906 Restbrook Place
4. 3712 Greenwhich Street
5. Edgewood Street and Euclid Avenue
6. 1045 Avondale Street
7. 5440 Highland Drive
8. E Pascagoula Street and Lamar Street
9. 209 E Capital Street
10. Cooper Rd and Rosemary Avenue
11. Duling Ave and Old Canton Road
12. Broadmoor and Maplewood Drives
13. 350 Samuel Bailey Drive
14. West Mitchell Ave and North Mill Street
15. Longino Street and Fortification Street
16. Moody and Harris Streets
17. 2314 Twin Lakes Circle
18. 2920 North Mill Street
19. 4235 Hanover Place
20. 1218 Topp Ave
21. 3853 Tyrone Drive
22. 4021 Oaklawn Drive
Mayor Lumumba said the city council did approve building a $3 million shelter that would cover the city’s water system. Unfortunately, the winter storms came before construction could begin.
The city will continue to set up water distribution centers for residents to fill up on their containers with non-drinkable water.
The sites will be at Forrest Hill High School, 2607 Raymond Road, Jackson, Mississippi, 39212, and also at Raines Elementary. That address is 156 North Flag Chapel Road. Individuals need to bring containers.
Water distribution sites:
Non-potable (flushing) water is available at the following locations each day this week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your own container.
Forest Hill High School 2607 Raymond Road, Jackson, MS 39212
Raines Elementary School 156 N Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209
Jackson Fire Department Station 10 355 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, MS 39213