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Boil water notice hits neighborhood; two schools affected

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Boil water notices were issued for a portion of south Jackson, impacting two schools and several residents on Siwell Road Wednesday after a water main ruptured. Residents say the break has now been repaired, but it's been a long time coming. 

Kenneth Clay lives right in front of where the waterline broke on Siwell Road.  He said the leak had been running since September, and he has called the city several times to get it repaired.

Clay said, "It's bad management that it took that long to come out here and fix it.  The pipe right now is 48 years old. That pipe has been in the ground longer than I have been born.  It needs to be changed out.  I don't know what they're doing."

The boil water notice included Timberlawn Elementary and Siwell Middle Schools. Water had to be brought in for students and teachers.

Clay says he has water pressure, but he's not drinking it. He feels the city's repairs are just a temporary fix.

"The only way you get around it is to stop patching stuff and put new pipe in the ground because it's bad to keep patching stuff up. As soon as it rains again the ground gets soggy and it's going to bust again. It's not going to hold long," said Clay.

JPS officials say the boil water notice is not interrupting classroom activities, and the notice should be lifted before students return to class next week.

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