JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson is still under a boil water alert after an early morning fire cut off water to the Jackson and some surrounding areas.
The electrical fire started around 3:00 a.m. in the control panel that controls the high surge pumps which provides water to the system. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said they pushed the information out as soon as they could, and that it was a matter of being accurate.
The aging water infrastructure has been a longstanding problem. The recent winter storm may very well didn’t help with what city officials said was an isolated incident as the community looks toward leaders for the necessary to have clean, running water flowing into homes.
“As we look for financial assistance, our best efforts is to find every deficiency at that plant, so we can work toward getting it addressed,” said Public Works Director Dr. Charles Williams.
“These issues that need to be addressed have by and large still not been addressed. We will continue to experience these challenges until we have the resources to deal with them,” said Mayor Lumumba.
The electrical fire was put out with the help of Ridgeland Fire Department and Jackson Fire Department which resulted in no injuries.
A precautionary boil water notice is still in effect for all surface water connections in Jackson. In a statement released by the City of Jackson, they said neighbors should start seeing improvement in water pressure Friday evening and into the night.
Moving forward, city leaders are working on making progress in getting a full evaluation completed including cause of that electrical fire.