Local restaurants impacted by water crisis make accommodations


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Restaurants across the Jackson area are having to make accommodations to combat the water crisis and keep their doors open.

“To be able to open back up, we had to order porta potties. We had to get a hand washing station, and then we had to figure out how to have a water source,” said Kendall Anderson, general manager of Babalu.

In the Fondren neighborhood, Babalu closed for five days at the start of the winter storms.

Anderson said going from something that was once readily available to not at all was something that they never accounted for financially. Although the water is back on now, there are still issues.

The city is currently under a boil water notice. Anderson said they want to stay as safe as possible, and that’s why the restaurant brought in cases of water and canned soda.

“We’re still under the boil water advisory. So we’re still having to boil water. We still have to serve can sodas and plastic plates. I just don’t feel comfortable yet using the dish machine. With the boil water advisory, I’m just not sure what the bacteria level is.”

Anderson said although they’ve taken a financial hit, their customers are loyal, and they anticipate returning back to normal soon.

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