Many Jackson residents and businesses remain with little to no water Monday as a water shortage for much of the city stretches to its sixth day.
Water customers in the city have been dealing with a water shortage since at least Wednesday, according to city officials. Some are seeing water trickle from their faucets while others have no water at all.
The crisis is becoming more dire as convenience and grocery stores across the city are also running out of bottled water following a surge in demand.
City officials are not giving a specific timeline for restoration of the water supply, except to say they are “continuing to see progress.”
Due to demand, the city quickly ran out of water at seven distribution sites as soon as the sites opened Friday. City spokeswoman Michelle Atoa said the city handed out over 26,500 bottles of water and nearly 7,000 gallons of non-potable water.
The city is now just delivering water to elderly and homebound residents.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Monday to address the water shortage.
The city says pressure is gradually increasing at its water treatment plants, but not enough to be at full functioning capacity.
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The mayor’s office in a Sunday evening email said the city’s goal is to reach an adequate level of water pressure at its water treatment plants, which will allow water to flow to its about 43,000 customers.
Meanwhile, customers calling about the shortage have overwhelmed the city’s 311 hotline. They are asked to call the following numbers for assistance:
The city is also confronting another issue that could affect the city’s water supply as the weather warms up from record lows last week. As the ground begins to shift, it’s likely there will be a surge in the number of water line breaks, which could delay the restoration of water even further.
The city reported a total of 20 water line breaks over the weekend.