City of Jackson notified of 108 water main breaks

**UPDATED AT 4:10 PM 1/7/18**

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – City leaders are releasing the latest update on water main breaks in the Capital city. They say water pressures and flows are beginning to return to normal in many areas within the City of Jackson water distribution network of pipelines.

The number of new main breaks has subsided while repairs continue. However, other areas continue to experience low pressure in areas immediately near main break sites, which will have little or no pressure or flow available until those breaks are repaired.

The City of Jackson continues to be under a system-wide boil water advisory. We anticipate that this emergency will continue into the new week due to the number of confirmed breaks that have not yet been repaired.

As of 12:00 PM Sunday, the city has experienced a total of one hundred eight confirmed water main breaks on distribution lines since Sunday, January 1. We have one city crew and seven contractor crews working to repair these breaks.

Of the one hundred eight confirmed breaks, we have successfully completed forty-six breaks with eighteen additional repairs underway. Several of the new breaks are adjacent to repairs that were recently completed on aging pipes. Crews are also working to remove air that has entered the water pipes during repairs.

Although pressure has begun to be restored to some areas, there are forty-four confirmed breaks that have not yet been assigned to city crews or contractor crews but will be assigned later today or tomorrow. The crews will continue to work twelve-hour shifts through the weekend and into the new week until pressure has been fully restored to the system.

City leaders say there are only three leaks reported by citizens calling 311 that have not yet been confirmed as water main breaks.The city added staff to the 311 Call Center on Friday afternoon. They are reporting a decrease in the volume of new calls from citizens identifying leaks.

The newer and larger O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant is treating and pumping at a rate of thirty-eight to forty three million gallons per day while the older and smaller J.H. Fewell Plant is treating and pumping at a rate of twenty-one to twenty-three million gallons per day. These represent slight increases from the previous day.

Elevated storage tanks that have drained by a combination of water main breaks and customer demand will be refilled as full pressure is restored to the system. The treatment plants are operating at full capacity in an effort to meet the demand and refill the storage tanks.

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – As of 3 PM Saturday the City of Jackson has been notified about 94 water main breaks since Sunday.

The city released a statement Saturday afternoon saying crews have repaired 41 breaks and are currently working to repair 15 other. Ten of those confirmed breaks occurred Saturday compared to nineteen which occurred Friday.

They have two city crews and seven contractor crews working to repair these breaks.

Several of the new breaks are adjacent to repairs that were recently completed on aging pipes. Crews are also working to remove air that has entered the water pipes during repairs.

We’re told, there are thirty-seven confirmed breaks that have not yet been assigned to city crews or contractor crews but will be assigned this weekend. The crews will continue to work twelve-hour shifts through the weekend and into next week until pressure has been fully restored to the system.

Leaks are continuing to be reported by citizens to 311. We anticipate that these reports and confirmations will be ongoing. We added staff to the 311 Call Center yesterday afternoon. They are reporting a decrease in the volume of new calls from citizens identifying leaks.

Now that the lowest temperatures have passed, the elevated risk of customers experiencing frozen water service lines has passed. Customers that have been running a stream of water to keep their service lines from freezing are encouraged to close off their faucets when not in use.

Elevated storage tanks that have drained by a combination of water main breaks and customer demand will be refilled as full pressure is restored to the system. The treatment plants are operating at full capacity in an effort to meet the demand and refill the storage tanks.

The City of Jackson will distribute water on Sunday from noon until 4 PM. There will be three water distribution locations;

  • at Smith Willis stadium, 1200 Lakeland Drive, Jackson
  • Metro Center Mall, 3645 US 80, Jackson
  • Precinct One, 810 Cooper Road, Jackson

Distribution will include both water bottles and unpotable water (used for flushing toilets only).

You MUST bring containers with top lids to collect the unpotable water for toilet flushing purposes.

You will be able to pick up two cases of bottled water per vehicle and 10 gallons of unpotable water for flushing.

 

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