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Waste water being dumped into Big Black River

Source: MDEQ Source: MDEQ
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Waste water is being dumped into the Big Black River because of a failed pipe.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a water contact advisory Wednesday for a segment of the Big Black River in Madison and Hinds counties.

The advisory extends from where the river intersects Burnt Corn Creek just above the railroad crossing near Kearney Park in Flora, to the intersection of the river with I-20 in the Edwards and Flowers area.

The advisory is being issued due to the failure of an effluent pipe at the West Madison Utility District’s lagoon near Kearney Park and waste water dumping into the river. 

The utility district is working on repairs, but water quality monitoring indicates that these waters could be unsafe for human contact or consumption.

MDEQ recommends that people avoid any water contact including swimming, wading, and fishing. People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice.

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