Signs of improvement in water crisis - - Jackson, MS

Signs of improvement in water crisis

By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There's been great improvements for residents in the Jackson metro facing a water crisis.

That allowed several area businesses and restaurants to re-open Thursday, but it could be later in week before full water pressure returns.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson reports they've measured water pressure over 80 PSI in some locations. That's the highest it's been in days.

There are still 30 water main breaks to be repaired. The city will need the maintain a certain level of pressure in the water system before the health department can test it so see if it's safe to drink.

There could be more breaks as the pressure in the pipes continues to increase over the next few days.

Right now, all parts of the city should have some running water.

Mayor Johnson says, "The system has been operating under pressure. Once that pressure is re-established some of the pipes that may be fragile and may be at the point of breaking will break under the extra pressure. We don't know how many that will be, were just putting people on notice that could occur."

The boil water notice is still in effect. There will need to be at least 20 PSI's of pressure across the city before the State Health Department can test the water to make sure it's safe to drink.

Before that can happen the city will have to disinfect the entire system.

Restaurants began opening up Thursday as water pressure returned to the central business district. Many were still forced to limit their menu's.

"We're serving bottled water and canned drinks we went and bought and were keeping those cold in the fridge, so were not serving any tea, any lemonade, any coffee right now so even though it is limited, were still staying open and serving the best we can with the water crisis," says Kyle Hubbard at Chik-Fil-A.

Jackson Public Schools will remain closed until after the MLK holiday.

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