Jackson’s city engineer discusses issues at water treatment plant

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The city engineer for Jackson held a news conference on Tuesday, November 16 to provide an update on the recent water issues that are affecting the city.

Leaders issued a boil water notice for all surface water connections Monday night. They said there were complications at the city’s O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant and could lead to low to no water pressure in some areas of Jackson throughout the next few days. 

According to Dr. Charles Williams, a worker discovered the issue on Saturday, November 13. They believe a bad batch of chemicals forced them to shutdown the conventional side of the plant and empty the basis.

Prior to the news conference Tuesday afternoon, Williams said most people in South and West Jackson were without adequate water pressure. He said the water pressure at the facility had risen to 78 psi by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

The city is talking with the health department on when they can expect to start the water sampling process. Williams hopes to have the water pressure restored by Thursday, November 18. If neighbors still have no water, they are asked to contact the city.

The boil water notice does not include the Jackson-Maddox Well System connections.

On Tuesday, crews began distributing about 10 pallets of bottled water at the Metrocenter Mall for neighbors in need. Officials will re-evaluate the additional distribution of water based upon the latest updates from the Public Works Department.

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