The city had to provide “flushing water” to residents while distributions of water bottles continue across Jackson.
Less than 1,000 connections still affected
Jackson officials say they’re heading in the right direction and progress is being made.
According to the latest report from the city, less than 1,000 connections — often the points where pipes at businesses and homes connect to the main water supply — are still affected and they are mostly in “small pockets of south Jackson.”
During a news conference Friday, Public Works Director Charles Williams estimated that “less than possibly 5,000 customers” were still without water.
In the latest report, the city said water pressure is now up to 87 psi — or pounds per square inch, used to measure water pressure — while officials say they’re working toward a goal of around 90 psi at one plant and around 80 at another. During last month’s frigid temperatures and fierce storms, the psi dropped to about 37.
City officials added they’re also seeing progress in filling the tanks. Once those tanks reach a certain level, the city would be able to begin sampling and make a determination on whether boil water notices should stay in place.
According to the most recent report, the city received permission to start the sampling process of the well water system on Friday.
City seeks $47 million to improve infrastructure
The city also announced last week they were seeking $47 million from the state to improve water infrastructure. The Jackson City Council held a meeting to discuss the specific request, as well as other revenue streams.
Mayor Lumumba wrote to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves requesting the funding, saying “extreme weather conditions that occurred severely compromised” the city’s “ability to produce and distribute water.”
The weather conditions “emphasized the critical need for immediate repairs and improvement to [the] water distribution system,” he wrote.
According to the mayor, that funding would be used to improve the water plants and distribution lines.
But during his news conference, Williams said that regardless of whether the state approves the request, the city infrastructure requires more funding sources to sustain improvements in the future.
“Even if we were to get the $47 million, that’s not going to solve all the problems we have,” Williams said. “We have a bunch more problems, and you’re gonna have to find a steady revenue in order to satisfy them.”
CNN’s Kay Jones, Anjali Huynh, Tina Burnside and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.
Source: CNN – US News