Progress Made at Water Treatment Plant, Distribution Sites Transitioning

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Pearl, Miss- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will transition three water distribution sites as water pressure improves at the O.B. Curtin Water Treatment Plant. The three school locations will close Monday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m., in anticipation of students returning to the classroom. “As water pressure drastically improves at the water treatment plant, we feel comfortable closing three of our distribution sites while expanding at some remaining sites,” says MEMA Executive Director Stephen McCraney. “This is a good thing. It means students can get back to learning,” adds McCraney. The only site that will not expand is the Davis Road Park location. That operation is at maximum capacity.

Since the opening of these distribution sites on Thursday, September 1, the state has disbursed: 4,998,384 bottles of water. There are 153 truckloads of water en route, as well.

These sites will close at 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 5

Thomas Cardozo Middle School

3180 McDowell RD Ext

Jackson

Northwest Jackson Middle School

7020 Highway 49

Jackson

Hinds Community College Jackson

3925 Sunset Drive

Jackson

Each POD will be open for water pick-up daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until further notice.

The remaining points-of-distribution (POD) sites are:

State Fairgrounds

1207 Mississippi Street

Jackson, MS

Metro Center Mall

3645 Highway 80

Jackson, MS

Smith Wills Stadium

1200 Lakeland Dr

Jackson, MS

Davis Road Park

2300 Davis Road (Byram)

Terry, MS 39170

Every site except the Mississippi Fairgrounds will also be providing non-potable water. Affected residents are asked to bring sealable containers to collect non-potable water for sanitation needs such as washing clothes, flushing toilets, personal hygiene, etc.

The Mississippi National Guard continues to help the efforts by providing guardsmen and operating the water distribution sites. “Adaptability to ever-changing mission requirements is something the Soldiers and Airmen of the Mississippi National Guard have learned to do very well. The consolidation of distribution sites allowing schools to welcome students back is great news. We continue to coordinate with our partnering agencies to support in any way we can. We are here to serve,” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the Adjutant General of Mississippi.

The state of Mississippi remains committed to working diligently to resolve the water issues and provide safe drinking water for the citizens of Jackson.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s Call Center remains OPEN for residents affected by the Jackson Water Crisis. This call center will be a place for residents to turn to get information on available resources.

The call center number is: 1-833-591-6362

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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