Water crisis Day 10: City of Jackson announces new main breaks, water distribution Friday

City officials announced distribution sites for water in an update on the city’s water shortage that has now stretched into a tenth day. 

Officials have said a majority of the city will see water restored by today, but cautioned that could be further delayed by water main breaks. 

Friday morning, some areas of west and south Jackson remained without water. Public Works Director Charles Williams said water will be restored to those residents, but did not have a specific timeframe. 

“We’re seeing gradual progress,” Williams said. “Some areas without water yesterday have water today, so we can expect to see that for all residents.”  

Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay on Friday was handing out cases of bottled water in the southern part of her ward still without water. She said other higher-elevated areas of Ward 7, including the Fondren business district and Millsaps College, started to see some water pressure on Thursday.

Councilman De’Keither Stamps said many residents in his ward in west and south Jackson were without water or had low water pressure as well.

Jackson remains under a citywide boil-water notice. Testing has revealed the city’s water contains high levels of turbidity, or cloudiness, which increases the chance the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

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Water distribution sites in Jackson

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

Officials have purchased 45 pallets of bottled water and is continuing efforts to source more. 

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

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, mostly in Jackson and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Friday:

  • Forest Hill High School — 2607 Raymond Rd.
  • Raines Elementary School — 156 N. Flag Chapel Rd.
  • Walton Elementary School — 3200 Bailey Ave.
  • Calloway High School — 601 Beasley Rd.
  • Provine High School — 2400 Robinson St.
  • New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church — 140 Maple St.
  • Metrocenter Mall parking lot — 3645 Hwy 80 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • Davis Road Park — 5901 Terry Rd., Byram

Water main breaks 

As of Thursday evening, the city said it had repaired 30 water main breaks. It is now working to repair the following 48 reported breaks: 

  • 3242 Rosemary St.
  •  E Pascagoula & Lamar streets
  • 209 E. Capitol St. 
  • 245 W. Mitchell Ave. and  N. Mill St. 
  • 2314 Twin Lakes Cir.
  • 2920 N. Mill St. 
  • Capitol & Longino streets​
  • 131 Alabama St. 
  • 711 Benning Rd. 
  • 975 Royal Oak Dr. 
  • Daniel Lake Boulevard and Southland Drive  
  • 3014 Lilly St.
  • Oakdale Street and Wholesale Road
  • Valley Street near Robinson Street across from Perkins Foundation 
  • 200 S. Lamar St. 
  • Cleveland & Hill avenues
  • 3925 Berkley Dr.
  • 1600-1609 First Ave.
  • W. Capitol & Bradley streets 
  • 235 Dewitt Ave. 
  • 1242 Langley St.
  • 1600-1645 Blair St.
  • 23 Claibourne & St. Charles streets 
  • 564 Witsell Rd. 
  • Cleveland and Hill avenues 
  • 4403 Childress Dr.
  • 212 Autumn Ridge Dr.
  • 3015 Holmes Ave. 
  • 4403 Childress Dr.
  • 212 Autumn Ridge Dr.
  • 3015 Holmes Ave.
  • W. Mayes Street & Edwards Avenue
  • 1614 Jones Ave. 
  • York Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • Naples Road and  Broadmeadow Street 
  • 920 Whitworth St. 
  • 4336 Woodland Ave.
  • 4230 Meadowlane Dr.
  • 468 Hanging Moss Cir.
  • Lilly Street & Clover Hill Drive
  • 544 Launcelot Rd.
  • 322 Alexander St. 
  • 240 Briarwood Dr. 
  • 511 Forest Ave.
  • N. Farish and Monument streets 
  • 2919 Marwood Dr. 
  • 2112 Meadowlane Dr.
  • Ashwood Street & Englewood Boulevard
  • 6230 Woodstock Dr. 
  • Ridgeway and  Sage streets 

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. It is asking residents to exercise the following guidelines:

  • Limbs should be cut into four-foot long segments and stacked in small piles no higher than three  feet.
  • If cut by paid contractors, the contractors are responsible for properly removing limbs.

The city will provide dumpsters for storm debris only this Saturday at the Metro Center Mall in the Old Dillard’s parking lot at 3645 Hwy 80 from 8 a.m. until noon. 

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.

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