JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Around 500 customers in the J.P. Utility District in Jones County are under a boil water advisory, the utility company announced Thursday afternoon.
Officials with the district said the boil water notice was put into place because of a leak in the area of Pecan Grove Road, Ellisville Tuckers Crossing Road, Luther Hill Road and Currie Road. Many of the homes in this area currently have low or no water pressure, according to a news release.
“This precautionary action is necessary because the system lost pressure. When a water distribution system loses pressure, contaminants can siphon back into the system. Public health officials consider any system that has lost pressure contaminated until tests of the water prove otherwise,” the release said.
Officials expect the boil water advisory to remain in effect until at least Monday, May 20.
MSDH officials say you should follow these guidelines if you’re affected by the boil water advisory:
- Do not drink tap water while the water system is under a boil water advisory.
- Do not drink from water fountains in parks, public or private buildings that receive water from the affected system.
- Do not use ice unless it has been made with boiled water. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.
- Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
- Wash your dishes in boiled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water since they may have been exposed to affected water from grocery store sprayers.
- Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
- Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
- Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.