WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - One day after Waveland issued a citywide boil water notice, residents are now getting the all clear.
Officials say the water system experienced a loss of water pressure during an inspection Thursday morning, resulting in the boil water notice being issued. Low water pressure means an increased risk of bacteria entering the water line. Officials said on Thursday that the boil water notice was issued out of an abundance of caution to ensure the water is absolutely safe to drink.
“As soon as we realized the water pressure was down, we shut everything down," Connie Jones, assistant manager of Tony’s Family Restaurant, said on Thursday. She and a fellow employee were busy stocking up canned and bottled drinks into a fridge. “The Mayor’s office called us this morning and let us know that the water was going to be under boil water [notice] for 24 hours."
Some residents say they wasted no time while preparing their homes for the boil water notice. “I got my water put up already and it’s boiled," said one woman in front of Walmart.
“It doesn’t affect me because I always boil my water anyway and I only use bottled water for everything even cooking and for my coffee," Regina White added.
When the water supply is down, the demand for service remains high. Robert Arrowsmith at Knock Knock Lounge says the notice is a slight inconvenience. “It’s actually more money spent on cans, going down to the store and getting bottles of orange juice, grapefruit juice that we usually have," he said. "As long as we have something to serve it’s fine, it just puts more of a strain on our pockets.”
Again, the city lifted the boil water notice Friday afternoon.
For more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on boil water notices, click HERE.