Boil alert advisory lifted for entire city of Jackson
Freezing temperatures have caused some water line breaks in Jackson, and city crews are at work trying to stem a repeat of what happened in March 2017 when a water main broke.
Wochit A precautionary boil water advisory was lifted Saturday for areas of the city of Jackson water system that had remained under an alert.
According to a news release from the office of Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the city had 151 confirmed water main breaks on distribution lines since subfreezing temperatures hit Jan. 1.
To date, 108 breaks have been repaired with 10 additional repairs underway.
Another 33 breaks are pending assignment, and three leaks reported by residents through 311 calls have yet to be confirmed as breaks.
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Given a forecast that has nighttime lows reaching into the teens by Tuesday morning, the city is continuing to closely monitor its water treatment plants and field crews as needed, the release said.
In the meantime, water system management and engineering personnel are continuing to check pressure at fire hydrants in the areas still experiencing lower-than-normal pressures in an attempt to identify possible closed valves.
According to the release, there are still six elevated storage tanks that have not yet been refilled.
City personnel are working to increase pressure and flow to those tanks.