Mississippi: Ask to boil water after cold breaks pipes

JACKSON, Mississippi (HPD) — Officials in Jackson, Mississippi, are urging people to boil their water before drinking it because freezing temperatures have damaged pipes.

“Please check your businesses and churches for leaks and broken pipes as they add up quickly and make the problem worse,” the municipality said in its notice, adding: “We know the timing is dire.”

The notice comes a few months after the entire water system in Jackson — the state capital of about 150,000 residents — partially collapsed. Most of Jackson was without running water for several days in August due to flooding that exacerbated problems at two distribution facilities. Some inhabitants had to queue to get water to drink, cook, bathe or flush toilets.

In addition to the boil water order, authorities also said that some residents have reported that the water is coming out with little or no pressure. Water pressure “has been fluctuating” since Saturday amid freezing temperatures, he added.

Crews of workers are trying to repair the pipes, the municipality said, though it did not give an estimate of how long that would take.

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