Miss. capital close to normal water pressure

The capital of Mississippi has taken another step towards restoring water service. Jackson officials announced Sunday that water pressure has been restored for most customers in the city.

“All of Jackson should now be under pressure and most are now under normal pressure,” the city said in a press release.

Although gains have been made at the OB Curtis water plant, further repairs could cause pressure fluctuations, according to the press release. The plant’s total output of 90 PSI exceeded the city’s goal of 87 PSI.

“Several tanks are nearly full,” the statement said. “We no longer have reservoirs at low levels. All of Jackson should now have pressure and most are now at normal pressure.”

The boil water advisory will continue until the city reports two rounds of clear samples. In the meantime, residents should use bottled water or water boiled for one minute and then cooled for “drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food,” according to the site. City website.

Torrential rains and flooding from the Pearl River exacerbated problems at the sewage treatment plant, causing pressure to drop across the city, where residents were already under an order to boil water water due to its poor quality.

As water pressure is restored, some officials fear the increase could break aging pipes.

Officials also expect to fully repair a minor ammonia leak by Sunday.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said on a Sunday morning news program that the city was “just a matter of days” away from safe drinking water. Despite the gains, Lumumba said Jackson was “still in an emergency.”

The city “will be in an emergency even if water is restored to every home, and even if the boil water advisory is lifted, as this is the fragile state of our treatment facility water,” Lumumba said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”