The city of Jackson says 100,000 people are without water after a 54-inch water main broke. The rest of the city is under a boil water notice Thursday.
City officials say workers discovered the break at the main water treatment plant.
Jackson State University canceled classes the remainder of the week.
Gov. Haley Barbour gave the directors of state agencies authority to send home non-essential employees because of the break.
Several downtown businesses are closed.
Gov. Haley Barbour directed the heads of state agencies to use their discretion in releasing non-essential employees working in specific offices near the Capitol for the day. The loss of water pressure has affected the use of restroom facilities and the ability to cool the buildings.
Agencies affected include those operating in the following state office
● The Woolfolk Building
● The Gartin Building
● The Sillers Building
● The New Capitol Building
● The Old Capitol Museum Building
● The Agriculture & Commerce Building
● The Mississippi Coliseum
● The Capers Building
● The Robert E. Lee Building
● The Robert G. Clark Building
● The William Winter Building
● The Central High School Building
State offices in Jackson will be open Friday, and employees should report back to work, unless otherwise notified.