Pearl River floods affect Jackson water treatment plant

Jackson residents in the city’s surface water system have already been under boiling water notice for weeks, and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has now said all residents will now deal with low water pressure for at least the next few days. Because water flows from the Ross Barnett Reservoir in response to heavy rainfall and flooding, the OB Curtis water treatment plant is now dealing with the complications of treating the water entering the plant, the mayor says. Governor Dilbert Hausmann and Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Jean issued statements about the water crisis in Jackson on Monday afternoon. “Our understanding is that the water and sewage system serves the country’s 250,000 citizens and many businesses are on the verge of collapse,” Hausmann said in a statement. We have great concerns for the health and safety of citizens. It is clear that the cities served by the system do not have the assets to address this problem in a timely and effective manner in the long term. I think it is time for the state to take an active role in finding a solution – in the short and long term. Gunn issued this statement regarding the water crisis: “I have been contacted by hospitals, businesses and schools pleading that something be done to address the water crisis in Jackson. Unfortunately, the city leadership did not offer a permanent solution or a comprehensive plan. These groups have turned to the state for help, and it looks like we will have to evaluate options that might be available.” The mayor said reducing the flow of water from the tank would help re-pressurize the water to the treatment plant tanks, but it would take significant work to bring the tanks back to adequate levels. According to Lumumba, the city’s ongoing water problems are the result of decades of deferred maintenance and a lack of staff.The mayor says people are being trained to become certified water operators but the training process is extensive;it takes up to two years for people with degrees and six years without a college degree The city says it is working on finding an outside contractor to help run the OB Curtis water treatment plant. The city has temporarily halted drinking water sampling due to a loss of water pressure. Technicians need two consecutive days of clean water sampling to raise the citywide boiling water notice.

Jackson residents in the city’s surface water system have already been under boiling water notice for weeks, and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has now said all residents will now deal with low water pressure for at least the next few days.

Because water flows from the Ross Barnett Reservoir in response to heavy rainfall and flooding, the OB Curtis water treatment plant is now dealing with the complications of treating the water entering the plant, the mayor says.

Lt. Governor Dilbert Hausmann and Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Jean issued statements about the water crisis in Jackson on Monday afternoon.

Hausmann said in a statement:

“Our understanding is that the water and wastewater system serves 250,000 citizens in the country and many businesses are on the verge of collapse. We have great concerns for the health and safety of citizens. It is clear that the cities served by the system do not have the assets to address this problem in a timely and effectively long-term manner. I think it is time for the state to take an active role in finding a solution – in the short and long term.”

Jan issued this statement regarding the water crisis:

“Hospitals, businesses, and schools have contacted me to ask that something be done to address the water crisis in Jackson. Unfortunately, the city leadership has not offered a lasting solution or a comprehensive plan. These groups have turned to the state for help, and it looks like we will have to evaluate what options may be available.”

The mayor said reducing the flow of water from the tank would help restore water pressure to the treatment plant tanks, but it would take significant work to get the tanks back to adequate levels.

According to Lumumba, the city’s persistent water problems are the result of decades of delayed maintenance and staff shortages.

The mayor says people are being trained to become certified water operators but the training process is extensive; It takes up to two years for people with degrees and six years without a college degree.

The city says it is working on finding an outside contractor to help run the OB Curtis water treatment plant.

The city temporarily stopped taking drinking water samples due to the loss of water pressure. Technicians need two consecutive days of clean water samples to raise a citywide boil water notice.

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