Mississippi capital under boil water notice after suspected bad batch of chemicals found at water treatment plant

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City officers in Jackson, Mississippi, are asking residents to boil their water as “complications” at a water treatment plant are addressed. Some residents in elements of the town have low water strain or none at all, in line with a press release from the town.

The points started over the weekend when a employee found an issue at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. According to CBS affiliate WJTV, metropolis engineer Dr. Charles Williams mentioned they had been compelled to close down a portion of the plant and empty the water after what was believed to be a bad batch of chemicals was put into the water.

The metropolis first put out its precautionary boil water notice for all floor water connections on Monday.

“This has been an ongoing issue,” resident Patricia Jackson informed WJTV. “The saddest thing about this time was people were not informed. We got up to low or no pressure. I put it on my Facebook page to see if anybody else was having problems and come to find out, it wasn’t just South Jackson.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Williams mentioned that water strain had risen to 78 psi, up from 75 psi within the morning. The protected zone is between 85 and 90 psi, in line with the press launch.

Residents in southern areas of the town possible have low water strain or no water at all, the press launch mentioned. Those residents with out water are requested to contact the town.

The metropolis distributed about 10 pallets of bottled water to residents in want on Tuesday, the press launch mentioned. City officers are ready for updates from the Public Works Department to find out whether or not they should proceed distributing water.

Officials anticipate the boil water notice to be lifted as early as Thursday. But to ensure that that to occur, the Department of Health must conduct two optimistic water checks, the press launch mentioned.

According to the town’s web site, there have been a number of different boil water notices issued in Jackson prior to now few months.

Sophie Reardon

Sophie Reardon is a News Editor at CBS News. Reach her at [email protected]