Jackson leaders said daily water sampling is still being conducted, but there’s no clear end to the boil water notice.
Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said in order for the city to life the notice, all of the 120 samples have to come back clear two days in a row. He said there has been a pattern of samples being clear one day, and then one of the samples will come back negative the following day.
Last week, Governor Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) said he was frustrated with the city’s water infrastructure issues and would be applying pressure for city leaders to do their jobs.
Lumumba said they have already been on top of trying to fix the issue, and these are the results of a city that is aging.
“This is an ongoing state of emergency, even when we are not facing a boil water notice or reduced pressure like we are at this point in time. This is something that we have gone to the highest level of government in order to speak to. I have literally spoken to the president himself as to the funds that the federal government is willing to send to the City of Jackson. This isn’t about a tit for tat with the governor. We’re concerned about this issue. We’re maintaining the pressure on ourselves to deal with these accumulated challenges that have accumulated over time,” said the mayor.
Lumumba said another issue that’s a top priority is raw sewage. He said frustrated residents have been calling about raw sewage leaks.
He said the city has been approved for a loan through the state that will be used to replace all of the raw sewer lines in the Queens-Magnolia Terrace and Country Club neighborhoods.