City council leaders are applauding the largest infrastructure project in Jackson's history. The capitol city negotiated a massive $90 million dollar deal with Siemens to upgrade Jackson's crumbling water and sewer infrastructure.
A water line break on South Jefferson Street is just a small part of a widespread and constant problems plaguing the city.
First up, new lines to reduce these problems. Then installation of more efficient water meters.The aging meter system reads low levels of water usage.
The Mayor acknowledged Thursday, you could see a hike in your bills.
"And one good thing about this utility billing system is they are going to be able to monitor that usage and to conserve," said Mayor Johnson. "So obviously some water meters are 40-50 years old. They probably are not reading accurately."
Mayor Johnson says bills could possibly go up for residential and commercial customers, but he adds that some could go down.
In all, the project is expected to pay for itself in long term savings.
"The whole project is supposed to pay for itself," added the mayor. "In fact this whole notion is revenue neutral. The cost of all the improvements will be covered by the savings or increased revenues that will be produced from making these improvements."
Other plans include updating broken equipment at the city's two water plants. And installing a new water/sewer billing system.
The Mississippi Development Authority must sign off on the work
Five children died because of fungus-contaminated linens at Children's Hospital, prompting an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control.More >>
Five children died because of fungus-contaminated linens at Children's Hospital, prompting an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control. It happened years ago and is just coming to light because of a new entry in a medical journal.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:13:12 GMT
Police in West Memphis, Arkansas are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten. According to friends, the woman had to be rushed to the Med after suffering a brokenMore >>
Police in West Memphis, Ark. are working a home invasion case in which a elderly woman was attacked and beaten.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:13:04 GMT
No charges for the off duty deputy who shot man on Beale StreetMore >>
Police say Mississippi deputy John Logan shot Mark Martinez of Louisiana who was reportedly fondling a female friend. But Martinez's friend says there was no groping, and that they all thought the woman in question was a man.More >>
Wednesday, April 9 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-04-09 11:38:01 GMT
This "monster" was found in a drainage culvert Monday. The huge alligator snapping turtle was found on Hoo Shoo Too Road in Baton Rouge. A news crew is headed to talk to the finders, so check back laterMore >>
A wrestling match pitting a courageous man against one monster of a turtle unfolded in a drainage canal, but it was for the animal's well-being.More >>
Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
A breathtaking, oceanfront mansion on the Big Island has a new owner. The 9-plus acre "Waterfalling Estate" property sits on a cliff along the Hamakua Coast. It is 8,100 square feet with five bedroomsMore >>
A breathtaking, oceanfront mansion on the Big Island has a new owner.More >>
A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.More >>
Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:06:47 GMT
Jackson Police are looking for the person who hit a utility pole, snapping it in half. The accident happened around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon on Jones Avenue. When our cameras arrived, witnesses atMore >>
Jackson police are looking for the person who hit a utility pole, snapping it in half. The accident happened around 5:30 Tuesday afternoon on Jones Avenue. More >>
Thursday, April 10 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-10 10:53:05 GMT
A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.More >>
WLOX News has uncovered new details about what led investigators to arrest a Long Beach Police officer for three counts of sexual battery involving a minor. A Harrison County affidavit WLOX obtained said a young girl's diary detailed the relationship between former officer Patrick Klis and a 15-year-old girl. WLOX also found online pictures of Klis and a young girl.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201