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Jackson, Mississippi declares water emergency amid boil advisory

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The capital of Mississippi was under a local state of emergency after the city government issued a precautionary boiling water advisory.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antal Lumumba said, “Due to ongoing water pressure problems caused by extreme winter weather, we have issued a regional emergency. We are working hard to identify and restore pressure,” he tweeted. Sunday.

In a statement, the mayor said there were reports of little to no pressure in South Jackon, Byram, West Jackson and other areas scattered around the city.

“At OB Curtis Water Plant, water crews are still dealing with a complex problem.We spent a good portion of our day identifying leaks to restore pressure.But pressure remains low. Place until pressure is restored.

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On Christmas Day, the city told residents that recommendations for all surface water connections would be in place until further notice “due to pressure loss in the system.”

A line of cars meanders past several city blocks as workers from the Rapid Response Coalition of Mississippi hand out bottled water to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.

A line of cars meanders past several city blocks as workers from the Rapid Response Coalition of Mississippi hand out bottled water to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
(AP Photo/Michael Goldberg)

“This advisory includes surface water connections in Byram and Hines counties. Chances are none, OB Curtis and JH Fewell water treatment plants will continue to work to maximize production in order to restore pressure to as many systems as possible,” the notice said.

Well system connections are not included.

The update was scheduled for Tuesday.

The water system partially collapsed in Jackson earlier this year and previously in 2021, and the Environmental Protection Agency is working to help with efforts to repair broken water pipes.

The Jackson water system will receive $600 million from the federal government.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba speaks at a press conference March 8, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba speaks at a press conference March 8, 2021 in Jackson, Mississippi.
(Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Cold weather across the Deep South has disrupted water systems, and officials are working to fix leaks and pipes.

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The city of Selma, Alabama, entered its third day of trying to find the leak, shutting down major lines and interrupting service on Monday in an attempt to determine where the biggest leaks are occurring.

Officials in Florence, South Carolina, restored water pressure on Tuesday after working to uncover a large hidden leak.

A line of cars meanders past several city blocks as workers from the Rapid Response Coalition of Mississippi hand out bottled water to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.

A line of cars meanders past several city blocks as workers from the Rapid Response Coalition of Mississippi hand out bottled water to residents of Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022.
(AP Photo/Michael Goldberg)

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Environmental Protection said at least 16 water systems across the state had problems and were leaking water in Memphis, Tennessee, on Tuesday.

Residents hit by frigid temperatures and power outages were asked to “limit non-essential water use.”

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The Meade County Water Department in Kentucky said it was temporarily suspending service to some areas so tanks could be refilled, and parts of Asheville, North Carolina, were experiencing water outages or people asking to boil water. was recommended by

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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