Service in the time of a winter storm

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Employees from Nissan Canton recently distributed nearly 4,000 cases of bottled water to coworkers affected by the ongoing boil-water advisory. In the wake of February’s winter storms, many in and around Jackson have been without ac-cess to clean water for several weeks.

City of Jackson simultaneously holds vaccination day and drive-thru food bank

On Saturday, March 6, the City of Jackson held a Vaccination Day at the Jackson Convention Complex, administering approximately 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Jackson residents. Only a few steps down, the Greater Jackson Arts Council (GJAC) partnered with the Reuben V. Anderson Center for Justice and other com-munity groups to stage a drive-thru food bank at the Arts Center of Mississippi. A total of 2,400 packages were distributed curbside. (Photos by Andre’ Johnson, II)

taking a temperature check

Jackson water deemed safe to drink; 

citizens still recovering in aftermath

JANS – March 18, 2021 – At press time, City of Jackson officials received clearance from the Mississippi State Department of Health to lift the precautionary boil water notice on all of the 43,000 surface water connections under its jurisdiction from its OB Curtis and JH Fewell Water Treatment Plants.  

Nonetheless, citizens still struggle to recover in the aftermath of the mid-February winter storm. Various organizations have answered the call to assist citizens through water giveaways, hot food plates, and access to local laundromats to wash clothes. On March 11, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office held a bottled water giveaway at the New Horizon Church in Jackson.

For those wondering about next steps, health sites like recommend the following action items for citizens to fulfill after a boil water notice has lifted: 

Flush household pipes/faucets first: To flush your plumbing, run all your cold water faucets on full for at least 5 minutes each. If your service connection is long or complex (like in an apartment building) consider flushing for a longer period. Your building superintendent or landlord should be able to advise you on longer flush-ing times.

Automatic ice makers: Dump existing ice and flush the water feed lines by making and discarding three batches of ice cubes. Wipe down the ice bin with a disinfectant. If your water feed line to the machine is longer than 20 feet, increase to five batches.

Hot water heaters, water coolers, in line filters, and other appliances with direct water connections or water tanks: Run enough water to completely replace at least one full volume of all lines and tanks. If your filters are near the end of their life, replace them.

Water softeners: Run through a regeneration cycle.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) units: Replace pre-filters, check owner’s manual.

Replace other water filters, as they are disposable and may be contaminated. This applies especially to carbon filters and others that are near the end of their life. 

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Service in the time of a winter storm

By Jackson Advocate News Service
March 18, 2021