GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A boil water notice affecting around 700 homes in Gulfport has been lifted after water samples tested clear of contamination for two consecutive days.
The area affected was east of Hwy. 49 and north of Duckworth Rd. and included Harrison Central High School and about 15 businesses.
The boil water notice was issued Wednesday after a city worker accidentally turned off a water main that served that entire area. Whenever water pressure drops, there's a risk of contamination in the lines.
Gulfport Public Works Director Wayne Miller said a smaller outage and boil water notice had been scheduled so a contractor could install water lines to a subdivision development. That notice was expanded when the wrong valve was turned off.
"The city worker made the error, not the contractor. The city worker should have turned off the local water valve but turned off the valve that served all of the area north of 49," Miller explained Thursday. "It was an error on the city's part, not the contractor."