JACKSON, MISS. (WLBT) – Capital City residents were once again asked to conserve water during the latest water crisis after the OB Curtis Water Treatment Plant suffered another setback on New Year’s Day.
The city said in a statement around 12 a.m. on New Year’s Day that customers can expect pressure fluctuations over the next 24 hours.
The water pressure was reported to be “largely restored” Friday. Still, South Jackson residents like Leon Jones say they haven’t had water in eight days.
“I had to save water to use the bathroom to make us lose to try to make it to the next day,” Jones said. “I feel like that’s not fair. It is not humane.”
While cooking dinner on Christmas Eve, families along Rainey Road say they had to cut their holiday plans short when the pipes ran dry.
“I have no water. I haven’t used water since Christmas Eve, about 11 p.m.,” Jones said.
“My wife was actually in the process of finishing the dishes. And I had to react,” Ardell Williams said.
For days, Jones and his neighbor, Williams, said they had to either get creative or pay a heavy price.
“This is the first time it hasn’t happened. So this little system that I have, I turned it on so I could be online probably about 10 to 15 minutes after I got the water from my friend. So it was a very, very awkward situation,” Williams said.
“I’ve spent over $500, but I don’t have just that. I mean, I have a house full of food that I can’t use right there. Because we don’t have any water to function like that,” Jones said.
Williams and Jones say they found it difficult to perform basic tasks, from cleaning to using the toilet.
“If you go and you just have to urinate, you’re not going to go, you’re not going to flush it or use your five-gallon bucket of water the first time. You will let it build up a few times. And it’s a nuisance,” Williams said.
With the latest setback, residents are not optimistic about the year.
“I’m begging you all now. Mayor, Jackson City Clerks. Councillor, governor? Yes, help us, please,” Jones.
Council member Aaron Banks is hosting a town hall meeting with Interim Third Party Manager Ted Henifin tomorrow night at 6pm in South Jackson.
Banks says this is in response to the number of residents in Ward 6 who are without water or have low pressure.
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