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Boil water notice lifted for most Jackson residents

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson announced Sunday the boil water notice has been lifted for most capital city residents and businesses.  However not everyone has safe drinking water just yet.

Water samples tested by the Health Department have come back clear for the second day in a row.

"The city's water from the surface water system is safe to drink," said Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson.

The news gave a huge sigh of relief for approximately 175,000 Jackson residents.

"I'm very relieved because it has been a little bit difficult with trying to get dishes washed and all of those things," said Belhaven resident Wendy Hickman.

Businesses were celebrating too.  The Broad Street Baking Company crew were fast at work using clean running water for the first time in days.

"We were clearing off the lines in the back and letting the lines come forth here.  So now folks can have free flowing soft drinks of their flavor," said restaurant owner Jeff Good.

For Good the last week has been challenging for his three Jackson restaurants.  "The fact that we have been without water has been a crushing defeat," said Good. "It is unbelievable what the damage has been and we're back up and running in three days with full water pressure and five days with clean water.  It's pretty remarkable."

Testing has yet to begin on the city's well system.  Officials are waiting for water pressure to reach an acceptable level first and hat means those living in southwest Jackson and Byram still need to boil their water.

"We know the job is not done yet.  We have to find the resources to make sure we provide the best quality system that we can, a system that represents the capital city," said Mayor Johnson.

A precautionary boil water advisory is still in effect until further notice for all customers on the City's well water system. This advisory affects approximately 16,267 customers that are served by the well system. The following locations are included:

·     West of Westhaven Boulevard, in addition to North Westhaven Drive, East Westhaven Drive, South Westhaven Drive, Westwood Drive and Sunnybrook Drive

·     South of Interstate 20, West of Robinson Road Extension

·     West of Robinson Road Extension/Suncrest Drive to Cooper Road

·     West and South of Forest Hill Road/West of Interstate 55

·     Oak Creek Subdivision

·     Cedar Hills Subdivision

·     Brookhollow Subdivision

·     Willowood Subdivision

·     Lake Dockery Subdivision

·     Oak Leaf Subdivision

·     The city of Byram

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