Jackson under a precautionary boil water notice

Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 7:27 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Nearly the entire city of Jackson is under a precautionary boil water notice, according to City Engineer Dr. Charles Williams.

The only exception is for citizens on the well-water systems.

Williams said an issue happened at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant this weekend which caused the pressure to lower.

Workers are currently working on getting the system back online.

It is believed a bad batch of chemicals used to improve water quality was administered Saturday night, which forced the city to shut down the conventional side of the plant and empty the basins.

According to Williams, the city’s other facility, J.H. Fewell, has been helping to maintain water pressure to stay above the boil water threshold.

However, the city has not been able to provide adequate pressure of 90 psi with pressure at the plant nearing 65 psi Monday afternoon.

Dr. Williams says low to no water pressure could affect businesses and schools throughout the next day or two, especially areas of South Jackson and those in higher elevations.

According to Williams, it will take two positive tests from the state Department of Health to lift the notice, which could happen as early as Thursday.

Some residents say they have no water at all.

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