The O.B. Curtis Water Plant is seen during United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan's tour stop in Ridgeland, Miss., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger

Jackson officials said they’re still working to put more pressure into the city’s drinking water system before being able to lift the boil water notice.

Ted Henifin, the city’s third-party manager, said that the city got through Monday night without many challenges, and that the hope was to lift the boil water notice for all residents on Wednesday.

Officials had not released any further updates Wednesday morning.

“We continue to make progress restoring the system pressures,” Henifin said. “However, we still have to put more water into the system than is used on typical days. That’s because we have to account for the tremendous losses due to the deep freeze.”

He added that the city is continuing to ask residents to conserve water where possible.

“This will help us get pressure and water to those that have suffered without any water since Christmas Eve,” Henifin said.

Most of the city has been under a boil water notice for the past 10 days, since Christmas morning, after below-freezing temperatures once again wrecked the city’s distribution system. On Friday, after getting clean water samples, officials lifted the boil water notice for Jackson’s well system customers as well as residents in the 39211 zip code, the corner of the city closest to the O.B. Curtis water treatment plant.

Henifin initially said on Friday that, barring an “unforeseen issue cropping up,” pressure should be restored by Monday.

To lift the boil water notice, the city has to see pressure restored and then conduct tests to make sure the water is clean of bacteria. It takes a day to get the results from those samples.

Meanwhile, Jackson State University is asking students to delay their move-in because of the city’s low water pressure.

The city is distributing water at the following locations:

2 p.m.

Metro Center Mall near old Dillards Loading Dock

Flushing Water & Drinking Water

Elderly or disabled residents seeking water delivery should call 311 or 601-960-1111. 

The city also provided details for getting water in Spanish below:

2 p.m.

Metro Center Mall cerca del antiguo muelle de carga de Dillards

Agua de descarga y agua potable

Área de aparcamiento detrás de Forest Hill High School, Jackson, MS

Agua  potable

Si no puede viajar a un sitio de distribución, llame al 311 o al 601.960.1111

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Alex Rozier, from New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data and environment reporter. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Open Secrets, and on NBC.com. In 2019, Alex was a grantee through the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines program, which supported his coverage around the impact of climate change on Mississippi fisheries.