Kemper Residents Deal with 'Dirty' Water

Pipe problems in parts of southern Kemper County are putting residents in a bad situation. Officials say they're working to solve the problem, but it's not fast enough for many.

Work being done at the New Hope water facility Thursday that caused nearby residents to be stuck with dirty water for the entire weekend.

"We had some contractors out here," said Billy Dixon, manager of Gibson Water Authority. "They're trying to get ready to use those two tanks right there. They opened the valve up over yonder. They opened it up too much."

That caused pressure levels to be off course and turned everyone's water black in the process. That little mistake pretty much ruined Anaya Cross' weekend.

"We wake up one morning and the water is very dirty," said Cross, a resident of New Hope. "It has been like the toilet was all black. We couldn't use no water. We had to go to the store to get bottles of water and boil it."

But Dixon says the reason a boil water advisory wasn't issued is because the system never actually lost pressure.

"We didn't lose pressure," said Dixon. "If you lose pressure, then you need to put in a boil water. But we didn't lose pressure. So we didn't put a boil water on. The black is naturally in the water. It's magnesium."

However, he says it clumped together after the valve was opened too much, making the water appear dirty.

"The only way we can get it out of the line is put valves on at the end of these lines. And we're doing that," said Dixon. "And it's getting out. But now, if I tell you it's all out, somebody's going to call me tonight and tell me I'm crazy."

Cross insists she has been kept in the dark through the whole ordeal.

"They should had at least noticed us about that," Cross said. "They should have wrote it down on a piece of paper and sent it in the mail instead of making up excuses and stuff."

So for now, New Hope residents say they'll continue buying bottled water until the problem is solved.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Kemper County on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    Peabody, that was a mean, mean comment and totally unnecessary. If people were hired based on their looks, many people would be out of work.
  • by DeKalb Location: Kemper on Aug 30, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    This was a simple mistake. Now a lady wants to make the news and say that "I had to buy bottled water and boil it" WHY would you have to BOIL bottled water?
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    What good would a notice in the mail days later do? Let stupid me explain what happened IMHO. Someone opened a valve to fast wich resulted in a line pressure change which caused the water to 'hammer' knocking build up off pipe walls. The concentated build up then entered the system. Result is black water which is still safe to drink as far as bugs that will make you sick. They then overdose the system with another chemical which makes the water turn pink. Water is 'safe' to drink at all times by all standards.
  • by Peabody Location: Meridian on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    From the video it appears a local homeless man is in charge of the water supply. No way I would drink that garbage.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: newton,ms on Aug 30, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    The same thing is going on in Newton, Mississippi. I have called about the matter and they haven't done anything. This is going on a month. The water in the toilet is brown as well. I was told we had a new plant in newton. We are getting billed extra but our water in Newton (city) is brown as well.
  • by Kemper Resident Location: Preston on Aug 30, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    Please don't give a comment unless you know what you are saying. "They should had at least noticed us about that." Come on!!!! It's not noticed people!!! It's NOTIFIED!!!
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