Jackson Public Works Director gives update on efforts to restore water pressure


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson announced more progress was being made to restore water to the city.

When the cold temperatures arrived, it knocked the PSI measurement of water going through the plants to 37. The PSI is usually between 80 and 90 in order to properly supply the City of Jackson.

As of Sunday, it is up to 58 psi. That is up from 55 psi Saturday, 51 psi Friday and 37 psi when the cold front came through resulting in water outages throughout the City of Jackson and City of Byram.

There are now 20 confirmed water main breaks within the city and they are continuing to work to assess and coordinate repairs.

On Friday, Dr. Williams urged neighbors to be patient. He doesn’t have a specific timeline of when the water pressure will return to normal. He pointed out there’s a lot the city can learn from this experience and said studies need to be done to see how the city can react better to these conditions.

“I think there’s always room for improvement, and we’re going to need to take a look at this particularly event and also talk to other municipalities. You know, Vicksburg is having problems, Crystal Springs. Other municipalities in the south will have to determine to move forward, if we were to see these temperatures again and how they’ll effect our plants and our ability to provide water to our citizens,” he stated.

The system-wide precautionary boil water notice is still in effect for all surface water and well water connections. City leaders urge neighbors to refrain from tampering with fire hydrants. 

All water meter issues should be directed to 601-960-0762 and 601-960-0761.

Non-potable (flushing) water will be available on Monday, February 21, 2021 from 9am to 7pm. Residents should bring containers to these following locations:

  • Forest Hill High School – 2607 Raymond Road, Jackson, MS 39212
  • Raines Elementary School – 156 N Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209

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