The City of Greenville’s water pressure has improved as elevated storage tanks at Tombs Alley, Thornton, and Beauchamp have been refilled. The City is still under a boil water advisory until further notice. Residents are still encouraged to conserve water.
Further, city crews are isolating the Harbor Front and North Broadway elevated storage tanks to improve pressure and will continue to work with other city personnel to monitor water wells 24 hours a day until this inclement severe weather system passes.
The city is required to pass two consecutive days of water samples being negative of bacteria. These samples are obtained by the City of Greenville certified water system operators and tested by Mississippi State Department of Health in Jackson. The Department of Health takes 48 hours to run these samples. City personnel will continue to monitor the pressure. Once full system pressure has been restored for 24 hours, the city will begin obtaining two consecutive days of samples in due course after this weather system passes and forward the same to the State Health Department.
Residents should follow the Mississippi Department of Health, Division of Water Supply boil water guidelines. The following guidelines are listed on the Mississippi Department of Health’s website, msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/23,14162,148,626.html
If you are under a boil-water notice
* Do not drink tap water.
* Do not use ice made from recent tap water.
* Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
* Cook with tap water only if food is boiled for at least one minute.
* Wash dishes, fruits and vegetables in boiled water or water that has been disinfected with bleach. Using your home dishwasher is not recommended.
* Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
* Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
* Wash laundry as usual. Laundry washed in hot or cold water is safe.
* Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill most organisms.
* If you cannot boil your water, mix eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach (5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite) per gallon of water. Mix the solution thoroughly, and let stand for about 30 minutes. (This treatment will kill bacteria, but not parasitic organisms.) If water is muddy or cloudy, remove sediment by straining it through a cloth or filter paper before disinfecting.
* Alternatively, water may be treated with chlorine or iodine tablets.
If you cannot boil your water, mix eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Mix the solution thoroughly, and let stand for about 30 minutes before using.
When your boil-water notice is lifted, flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.
For example, one faucet should run for 10 minutes; two faucets should run for 5 minutes each; and three faucets should run for 3-4 minutes each.
Flush any faucet a minimum of 2 minutes to ensure clearing of the line serving the faucet. Discard any drinks, ice, food, etc, made during the boil water notice. Rewash any food or drink contact items (knives, forks, plates, etc.) with cleared system water. Check water filters (in faucets, refrigerators and elsewhere) and replace if necessary. Do not use water from your hot water heater for drinking until several exchanges of the tank have occurred. Run dishwasher through a cycle or two before washing dishes.
While supplies last, water distribution continues at four fire Stations: Central Street Station, North Broadway Station, Tennessee Gas Road/South Main, and Alexander/Beauchamp Station, with priority given to our seniors, senior living facilities, nursing homes, and hospital. Fire Department delivered to elderly, disabled, and displaced residents, including our senior living facilities (i.e. Delta Towers, Magnolia Terrace Gardens, etc.) We will keep residents informed about future water distribution. Residents may call 662-378-1616 or 662-378-1618.