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Jackson mayor seeks water funds

Associated Press - January 26, 2010 12:14 PM ET

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says he will seek state and federal funds to make repairs to the city's aging water system.

Johnson says residents over the years have paid for multiple upgrades to the water system through higher water and sewer bills. He tells The Clarion-Ledger that's not an option this time.

A series of frigid days earlier this month caused more than 150 water main breaks and a citywide notice to residents to boil their tap water before drinking it.

Since 1997, officials say the city has replaced 234,800 feet of water line has been replaced at a cost of nearly $40 million.

City officials say updating the water distribution system would cost $76.2 million, based on estimates in a 1997 master plan.

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