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Vicksburg: Nearly 50-year-old electrical system upgrade could cost about $4 million

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday the city of Vicksburg made a major announcement that could impact thousands of its water customers.

Vicksburg's Mayor George Flaggs says it could cost about $4 million to upgrade a nearly 50-year old electrical system at the city’s water plant to minimize the water issues plaguing the Vicksburg..

“That is the most important issue to the city and to the water plant that we modernize and bring our electrical system at the water treatment plant up to standard because that is where the trouble may have been in the last two outages,” said Mayor Flaggs. 

The most recent power outage at the plant was around three weeks ago. Tens of thousands of residents had to boil their water or buy bottled water for several days until it was safe to drink again.

“Water affects all business, residents, livestock you name it,” said Flaggs.

The mayor and his team are still in the brainstorming stage to create a masterplan for water improvements.

“We have money in reserve fund that we are going to draw down. A million dollars’ worth of expenditures, so we can modernize the water treatment plant,” said Mayor Flaggs.

Over at Highway 61 Coffee House in Vicksburg, they had to close for  at least three days during the last boil water advisory.

“It takes away money.  Our business is built on regular customers,” Business owner Daniel Boone said.

The coffee shop welcomes any help from the city to get this water issue under control.

“The infrastructure of any town is important to the town, and if it is not working properly then that's not a good thing,” said Boone.

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