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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods- Maywood Mart water leak

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson shop owner is fed up with a steady stream of water behind her business. It's located on 1220 I-55 North behind Maywood Mart in Jackson.

She said she has been calling the city for more than a decade now, but the problem persists, so she called 3 On Your Side.

Maywood Mart Shopping Center is not waterfront property, but if you listen closely, you hear what sounds like a stream. It's not a natural body of water. The flow behind Nandy's Candy, comes from a broken water line.

Nancy King said, "I have been reporting this for at least 15 years."

But says King, who owns the candy business, nothing ever gets done about it.

King said, "We finally said, you know, let's call Howard and see what he can do."

Asked what city officials tell her when she calls, King replied, "We'll get someone out there and look at it in 24 hours."

King said look at it is all they do. She says city water department trucks come and go but the water continues to flow.  

She said, "At one point, I was charged an enormous amount and I had my private plumber come out and check the lines and then I had to fight with them to pay for that plumber just to tell me no it wasn't my line."

King said, "This should be an easy problem to come up, dig it up and figure out where this water's going."

"We're in a neighborhood that people expect us to be clean; that things are well kept and that sort of thing." King said.

She continued, "Maybe it's not a big enough leak, but over time it's kind of like at home, if you have a faucet that's leaking, you know that money adds up and in this financial time, this upset me as a taxpayer."

I sent an email to Chris Mims, Director of Communications for the City of Jackson. I asked him about the water leak behind Maywood Mart.

He replied: "According to our 311 records we repaired two leaks in that area - one in July and another in August of last year. I will ask crews; will respond to the location and repair the leak."

I will keep you posted. Let us help you take back your neighborhood. Just send an email to hballou@wlbt.com or contact me on Facebook or Twitter. 

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