Mississippi residents told to boil water after system pressure drops

Jackson, Mississippi, officials announced that all city water residents should boil their water after the system suffered pressure drops due to burst pipes and freezing over Christmas.

“Due to the loss of system pressure, the City of Jackson Water/Sewer Services Department has issued a precautionary boil water recommendation for ALL SURFACE WATER SERVICES until further notice,” the city’s website said in a statement. “This recommendation includes surface water connections in Byram and Hinds County.”

A public health crisis in and around the city of Jackson, Mississippi began in late August 2022 after the Pearl River flooded due to a faulty water mains system.
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The cook order comes months after the water system partially collapsed.

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In late August, torrential rain and Pearl River flooding exacerbated problems at one of Jackson’s two sewage treatment plants, causing a pressure drop across the city, where the more than 150,000 residents were already experiencing boiling water from poor quality.

By the first week of September, water pressure had been restored for most residents, although a boil-off order was still in effect. At the time there were fears that pipes could burst when the water pressure was restored.

Firefighters and recruits from the Jackson, Mississippi Fire Department carry cases of bottled water to residents' vehicles on Aug. 18, 2022, as part of the city's response to longstanding problems with the water system.

Firefighters and recruits from the Jackson, Mississippi Fire Department carry cases of bottled water to residents’ vehicles on Aug. 18, 2022, as part of the city’s response to longstanding problems with the water system.
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Decoction orders are currently in effect out of concern that low pressure could introduce contaminants into the water.

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“The system has lost pressure due to disruptions in the distribution system that have not been identified,” Jackson officials said. “Some areas may have little to no water pressure. The OB Curtis and JH Fewell water treatment plants will continue to work to maximize production to restore pressure to the system as much as possible.”

The city reiterated that the cook order applies to all surface water connections and does not apply to well water connections.

Mississippi National Guardsmen carry boxes of drinking water and a bottle of hand sanitizer to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, at Smith Wills Stadium on Friday, September 2, 2022.  Jackson's water system was partially disrupted after flooding and heavy rains that exacerbated long-standing problems at one of two water treatment plants, and the state is helping distribute drinking water to city residents.

Mississippi National Guardsmen carry boxes of drinking water and a bottle of hand sanitizer to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, at Smith Wills Stadium on Friday, September 2, 2022. Jackson’s water system was partially disrupted after flooding and heavy rains that exacerbated long-standing problems at one of two water treatment plants, and the state is helping distribute drinking water to city residents.
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

To help, the city distributed bottled water at Christmas on the corner of Northside Drive and Manhattan Road near Smillow Prep in North Jackson and on McDowell Road in South Jackson.

The water was provided by the Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition in partnership with the City of Jackson.

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Residents in Clarkesville, Georgia were also advised to boil their water at Christmas. The areas in question are along Rocky Branch Road, between Washington Street and Gabrels Drive, and along Jefferson Street between Rocky Branch Road and Clarkesville Presbyterian Church.

Residents are advised to boil the water for two minutes and let it cool before drinking.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.

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