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Water line vandalism impacts north Escatawpa residents

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) – North Escatawpa residents are under a boil water order again. That's because in the past two weeks, someone has deliberately damaged their water lines four times at the Fourth Mile Creek Bridge near Highway 613.  Authorities think it's the work of a teenage prankster, but people losing water pressure say it's no laughing matter. 

Shirley Schmitz barley gets any water pressure when she turns on her faucet.  She said the pressure is so low she can't really wash dishes or do laundry at her Escatawpa home. 

"It is very aggravating," Schmitz said. 

A few blocks away, the problem lies in the Four Mile Creek. Moss Point's Public Works Director Chan Burns said someone continues to ram a boat into the water lines and pipes causing water woes. And it's affecting more than 500 homes and business in North Escatawpa. 

"The pressure dropped so much that the creek's water gets into the water line and that is reason for the discoloration. That's why we're having to advise people they have to boil their water," Burns said. 

Burns said this is not the first time his crew has had to fix the broken water lines. He's received tips from the community that a neighborhood teenager is to blame. Burns has already filed a complaint with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.   

"It is also a Homeland Security issue, and the penalties for that are you have a year in federal prison and a $10,000 fine." 

Burns wants to warn any other individuals thinking about causing problems to think of the negative impacts. 

"Think about if you were on the receiving end of this. It is not a harmless prank. You have the inconvenience of a possible fire; you have people who live in the area maybe on dialyses or something." 

Public works crews are replacing the ruptured water lines. Burns said the city is considering moving the lines to a more secure location in the future.

Burns also said the North Escatawpa area will remain under a boil water order until next week.  If you have any questions, call the Moss Point Public Works Department at (228) 475-1151. 

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