Planned water outage to affect some Jackson customers on Saturday

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – If you live or work around Beasley and Livingston Road in northwest Jackson, you won’t have any running water on Saturday. 

City of Jackson Public Works will shutoff roughly 500 connections to make a repair.

The City of Jackson announced there will be a planned water outage on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

The outage will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The water will be turned off for a repair and will affect the following areas:

·         [1700-3899] Beasley Road; 39213

·         [5900-6599] Livingston Road; 39213

·         Lakeover Subdivision

·         Richwood Estates Subdivision

·         Richwood III Estates Subdivision

Richwood Estates where most of the customers live will wake up Saturday and be without any running water for at least nine hours. We spoke to a couple who have lived here for over three decades and they’ve never seen anything like this before. 

Along Livingston Rd. by the Beasley intersection, water has been shooting out of the ground non-stop for days. 

“Our water main crews discovered a 16in. water main on Livingston Rd. that needed to be prepared,” Public Works interim director Dr. Charles Williams said. “So, we got with the area community and advised them that we’ll shut the water off.”

The project will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m. For Richwood resident Robert Barnes, it will be an early Saturday. 

“I am never up this early, I usually don’t get up until 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.,” Robert Barnes Jr. told us. “In the morning I’m going to get up real early or take a shower late tonight.” 

When we spoke to Dr. Williams with the city, he explained to us the work his team did leading up to this shutoff. 

“We’ve been notifying them throughout the week and of course when we verified, we were actually going to have to do it on this day that’s when we issued the outage,” Dr. Williams explained. “In order for the water pressure to be restored and our customers to get water back into their homes.”

But for Richwood homeowners like the Barnes, the warning came on such short notice.

“They knew this on Thursday, they could have told us this then and we could have been more prepared,” Barnes argued. “But I just heard it this afternoon. We ran out and got some water this evening and we’re going to get through it.” 

If you do need water to cook with or drink, there will be bottles given out at Jackson Fire Station 21 beginning Saturday morning. 

When the water outage is lifted city public works still have a boil water notice in place for the next 24-48 hours until samples come back clean. 

According to Interim Public Works Director Dr. Charles Williams, the city has been notifying neighbors all week about the planned outage. A 16 inch pipe has been leaking near Livingston Road.

City leaders said water will be distributed to customers affected by the outage at Fire Station 21, which is located at 5381 Watkins Drive.

The outage will affect 500 connections in the city’s drinking water system. When the water is restored, a precautionary boil water notice will be issued.

For more information, customers may contact water maintenance at 601-960-1778.

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