The mayor's office just sent out the following the release about the situation in south Jackson:
The City of Jackson will temporarily switch to the well water system in south Jackson as crews work to locate a 42-inch water line break.
The transition to the well system begins immediately to allow the city’s water system to recharge and alleviate low-water pressure in areas of south Jackson and the City of Byram.
As a result of the switch to the well water system, customers may experience discoloration and changes in taste and odor due to the well water mixing with surface water. This mix of well and surface water is safe to drink and use. City crews have already begun flushing hydrants to remove any discolored water from the lines.
Effective immediately, The City of Jackson is strongly urging voluntary water conservation measures for all customers served by the City’s Water System. The city’s Department of Public Works has determined that system-wide voluntary water conservation measures are needed at this time to allow the system to recharge and to improve areas of low water pressure as the city’s crews work to determine the location of a critical water line failure.
While the voluntary water conservation notice is in effect, all water system customers are strongly urged to eliminate nonessential uses of water, which include the following:
· The use of hoses, sprinklers or other means for sprinkling or watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, vines, gardens, vegetables, flowers or other vegetation.
· The use of water for washing automobiles, trucks, trailers, trailer houses or other type of mobile equipment.
· The washing of streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, office buildings, exterior of homes, sidewalks, apartments or other outdoor surfaces.
· The operation of an ornamental fountain or other structures making a similar use of water.
· The use of water for filling swimming or wading pools.
The city greatly appreciates your assistance in ensuring that all customers will continue to receive safe, adequate and reliable water service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call 601.960.2723 or 601.960.1777.