(JACKSON, MS) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a temporary water contact advisory Tuesday for Richland Creek from Pearson Road in the City of Pearl to the confluence with the Pearl River near the Savanna Street Waste Water Treatment Plant due to a sewer line break.
This action expands the longstanding advisory for the Pearl River which includes that portion of the river from Lakeland Drive downstream to the bridge crossing the Pearl River in Byram, Eubanks Creek from Lakeland Drive to the Pearl River including Mayes Lakes, the drainage system formed by the old river channel along the Pearl River Levee between Fortification Street and High Street, and the drainage ditch and cypress slough south of the State Fairgrounds.
MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact recreation such as wading or swimming in these areas. In addition, people should avoid eating fish from these waters until further notice.
The leak occurred in a gravity wastewater interceptor pipe managed by the West Rankin Utility Authority about one-quarter of a mile east of South Pearson Road in Pearl. The sewer line is being repaired and is not spilling sewage at this time.
MDEQ staff will continue to sample the area to determine the severity and extent of the problem. The advisory will be lifted when water sampling shows bacteria levels have dropped to acceptable levels.