JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - State and local government offices and courts and public schools remained closed Wednesday as city of Jackson crews worked to fix broken water lines.
Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says 35 of an estimated 123 water main breaks remain to be fixed Wednesday.
Officials say crews from Jackson, Flowood, Madison, Ridgeland, Richland, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Canton and the Mississippi Department of Transportation will be working on leaks.
State health officials say once the work is completed they will need two days of testing before the water will be cleared to drink.
Johnson has asked residents with water pressure to conserve.
Local hospitals are working under emergency conditions for the rest of week.
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