Water line break puts Wiggins under boil order

STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The city of Wiggins has been doing a major water line upgrade. A break in a main line has put the city under a boil water notice for the next couple of days.

While a contractor was tapping into one of the main lines Monday morning, he realized a new part needed to be ordered. The hole was left unfilled. After Tuesday's rain, the line shifted causing a break, which was discovered early Wednesday morning.

The boil water notices started going up right away. People in Wiggins have seen them before in recent months, so most know what to do, including the workers at Ward's.

"We've been under pressure like this before and it's mandatory. We stopped serving the drinks out of the fountain and we're having to use bought drinks from the store. It's a lot of hard work," Jason Willis said.

Willis said it may be extra work, but it has to be done.

"Whatever we have to do, if we have to keep buying them every hour and bring them in, we'll get it going."

At Stone High School, signs over the water fountains remind students not to stop for a drink. Assistant Principal Adam Stone said the water is on, so there's not a problem with the restrooms.

"This isn't something that happens twice a week or something. Every few years, we'll have something like this that happens and it hasn't caused a problem," Stone said.

Stone said in a city where they're working on new infrastructure, he expects problems from time to time, and he's happy with how city officials communicate.

"A lot of times there's nothing they can really do about it; They're just informing us of the problem. As soon as they know something, as soon as the water has been tested, then we can start using it again," he said.

Mayor Joel Miles knows it's his job now to make sure the water in Wiggins stays on and is safe to drink.

"There's something over 1,600 water customers in the city, so it affects all of them. We're doing what we can do rectify the situation as quickly as possible," he said.

Mayor Miles said the public will be notified when water levels are back up to where they should be. In the meantime, all water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it's consumed.

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