Three Rivers residents tired of water outages

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Residents in the Three Rivers community of Jackson County said they spent much of Saturday and last week without running water. They said a subcontracting company has broken at least four water lines in the area this week alone, and they want the problem stopped.

Supreina Holcomb said she's tired of constantly discovering the water she pays for isn't on.

"I'm going to have to buy water and dinner," Holcomb said Saturday. "For the third time this week."

At Randy Nixon's house, raw sewage ran through the front yard Saturday. Inside, dirty dishes were piled high waiting to be washed. He spent much of the past week drinking emergency bottled water and even using it to flush the toilets.

"Luckily I had it left over from the hurricanes," Nixon said. "So I mean, that's all we got right now to flush the toilets or anything."

They said they've seen the source of the frequent water outages.

"We have a crew that's going through, and they're drilling," Holcomb said. "And they're drilling into mains. And it's knocking water out for the entire community. There's no excuse. You have an entire community who pays taxes."

Three Rivers is served by the Moss Point Utility district, who temporarily repaired several broken mains Saturday night. Moss Point Mayor Aneice Liddell confirms a subcontractor has broken water mains. She said public works officials work to restore water to customers as soon as they hear of an outage. She said she's going to take an in-depth look at the problem as soon as she can.

"I just hope they hurry and get through," Nixon said. "I mean, I've lived here almost 13 years. Water ain't been off this much the whole time I've lived here. Now in this week its been off four times."

Residents said water had been restored to the area by Saturday night, but some have low pressure. Liddell said the pressure is expected to be back to normal within the next two days.

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