Jackson Water Crisis: City of Jackson announces bottled water distribution event Wednesday

The city announced additional distribution sites for water in an update on the city’s water water shortage that has now stretched into an eighth day. 

Officials say a majority of the city will see their water restored by the end of the week, but cautioned that could be delayed by water main breaks. 

Jackson remains under a citywide boil-water notice. 

Updated distribution sites 

The city released an updated list of additional distribution sites for non-potable water on Wednesday.

It has purchased 45 pallets of bottled water and is continuing efforts to source more. 

City officials said bottled water will be distributed at VA Field, located at 4400 Ofc. Thomas Catchings Drive, beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The location will continue providing water to residents until supplies are exhausted.

Michelle Atoa, director of communications for Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, said more distribution sites could come in the near future and city leaders will notify residents when water is available.

In a tweet Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves said the state has acquired more tanker trucks of non-potable water to be delivered to the city. In addition, resources from the Mississippi National Guard have also been deployed in Jackson to assist residents.

Non-potable water from both the city of Jackson and the Mississippi National Guard will be available at the following locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday:

  • Forest Hill High School — 2607 Raymond Road
  • Raines Elementary School — 156 N. Flag Chapel Road
  • Walton Elementary School — 3200 Bailey Ave.
  • Calloway High School — 601 Beasley Road
  • Provine High School — 2400 Robinson St.

Another distribution location at the Metrocenter Mall, located at 3645 Hwy 80 in Jackson, will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents can also receive non-potable water at the following Jackson fire stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m:

  • Station 1 — 555 West St. 
  • Station 7 — 4265 North State St.
  • Station 10 — 355 Woodrow Wilson Drive
  • Station 24 — 1240 Wiggins Road

Water main breaks 

As of Tuesday evening, the city said it has repaired 23 water main breaks. It is now working to repair the following 22 water main breaks: 

  • 1. 354 E. Mays St.
  • 2. 5939 Baxter Dr.
  • 3. 3712 Greenwich St.
  • 4. 1045 Avondale St.
  • 5. E Pascagoula and Lamar streets
  • 6. 209 E. Capital St.
  • 7. Cooper Road and Rosemary Avenue
  • 8. Broadmoor and Maplewood drives
  • 9. 350 Samuel Bailey Dr.
  • 10. 245 W. Mitchell Ave. & N. Mill Street
  • 11. Longino and Fortification streets
  • 12. Moody and Harris streets
  • 13.  2314 Twin Lakes Cir.
  • 14. 2920 N. Mill St.
  • 15. 4235 Hanover Place
  • 16. 1218 Topp Ave.
  • 17. 3853 Tyrone Dr.
  • 18. 931 Union St.
  • 19. 131 Alabama St.
  • 20. 711 Benning Rd.
  • 21. 975 Royal Oak Dr.
  • 22. Daniel Lake Boulevard and Southland Drive

The city encourages residents to report any water main breaks to 311.

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Garbage pickup 

Waste Management has resumed regularly scheduled collection services, but is experiencing high volumes of garbage and trash along all routes, which may cause some delays in service. Any routes not completed on schedule will become first priority the next morning, the mayor’s office said. 

Waste Management said it anticipates all routes, including residential, commercial and roll-off, to be recovered by the end of the week.

The city is asking residents to only place household garbage out for both collection days this week in an effort to prevent heavy loads. It asks for residents to hold bulk items and yard debris for next week.

Waste Management will begin removing tree limbs and debris beginning next week.

Residents are asked to call the city’s solid waste department at 601-960-1193 for more information. 

Numbers to call 

The city says it is still overwhelmed by calls to 311. It advises residents to reserve calls to the city hotline for water main breaks.

All water meter issues should be directed to 601-960-0762 and 601-960-0761.

Staff writer Keisha Rowe contributed to this report.

Contact Justin Vicory at 769-572-1418 or jvicory@gannett.com. Follow @justinvicory on Twitter.