City of Jackson Water Update

The City of Jackson is issuing the following updates for Saturday, February 27, 2021, related to the ongoing water outages and recovery efforts being made as a result of recent winter weather:

WATER PRESSURE

  • We had a very good day on Friday, but today the City’s water distribution system struggled to maintain consistent pressure. Pressure levels fluctuated throughout the day reaching a psi in the high 70s, but failed to maintain a consistent enough pressure to allow sustainable flow throughout the city.
    • We are gauging progress by measuring the psi (pounds per square inch) in the water distribution system. The goal is to reach around 90 psi at OB Curtis WTP and around 80 psi at JH Fewell WTP. Today’s reading is up from 37 psi when the cold front came through resulting in water outages throughout the City of Jackson and City of Byram.
  • We are investigating potential causes, testing solutions and looking to see if there are any new leaks in the system. We are hoping to have a better day tomorrow and see some sustainable flows throughout the city.
  • Overall, progress has been made from where we were and we want to remain encouraged. We know that many have seen their water restored. However, there continues to be pockets throughout the city, particularly in South Jackson and other areas of higher elevation that continue to struggle. This will unfortunately continue to be the situation until we can get our tanks to maintain a certain level of water and pressure throughout the system to be consistent.
  • The City’s Water Maintenance Department has completed a number of repairs to water main breaks/leaks and continues to dwindle the list down. A comprehensive list of confirmed, unconfirmed, and repaired water main breaks/leaks is at the end of this release. Please report any water main breaks to 311.
  • The system-wide precautionary boil water notice is still in effect.
  • PLEASE CONSERVE WATER during this water outage crisis. Limit water usage to the necessities. Conserving water will allow fellow Jacksonians to get back online faster.
  • All water meter issues should be directed to 601-960-0762 and 601-960-0761.

WATER DISTRIBUTION

  • NON-POTABLE (FLUSHING) WATER will be available at the following locations on Sunday, February 28th from 9am to 2pm. Residents should bring containers.
  • Forest Hill High School – 2607 Raymond Road, Jackson, MS 39212
  • Raines Elementary School – 156 N. Flag Chapel Road, Jackson, MS 39209
  • Callaway High School – 601 Beasley Rd, Jackson, MS 39206
  • Provine High School – 2400 Robinson St, Jackson, MS 39209
  • New Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church – 140 Maple St, Jackson, MS 39203
  • Davis Road Park – 5901 Terry Road Byram, MS 39272
  • Walton Elementary School – 3200 Bailey Avenue, Jackson, MS, 39213

WATER SEWER BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (WSBA)

  • ​LEAK ADJUSTMENTS: Citizens who have experienced a significant leak or loss of water due to a plumbing issue or busted pipes during this past week should please retain copies of the plumbing statements upon repair to provide to WSBA for consideration of an adjustment to your bill. To qualify for a leak adjustment, simply bring a copy of your plumber receipt or a receipt for parts purchased to the Applications Counter at WSBA.  One of our customer services representatives will be happy to assist you.  Please call 601-960-2000 for any additional information.

GARBAGE COLLECTION

  • Residents can begin placing bulk items, limbs and bagged leaves out for collection on their second collection day next week.
    • Limbs should be cut into four (4) foot long segments and stacked in small piles no higher than three (3) feet.
    • If cut by paid contractors, the contractors are responsible for properly removing/disposing limbs.
    • Please contact Solid Waste at 601-960-1193 for more information.

PHONE LINES

  • The volume of calls to 311 is still high. We ask that residents please leave a message stating their full name, phone number, address and situation. In addition to 311, residents can also call 601-960-1111 or 601-960-1778.

WATER MAIN BREAKS/LEAKS 

  • The following locations have been reported by constituents of the city of Jackson. *Note, these also have to be confirmed as actual water main breaks. Once confirmed, they will then have MS 811 Locate requested. The following have not been repaired as of 2/26/2021:
  1. E PASCAGOULA ST & LAMAR ST
  2. 2314 TWIN LAKES CIRCLE
  3. OLD CANTON RD & GLEN WAY DR
  4. 131 ALABAMA ST
  5. 711 BENNING RD ***(THEY ARE REPORTING SEVERAL LEAKS ON THIS STREET FORMING POTHOLES)
  6. DANIEL LAKE BLVD & SOUTHLAND DR (345 DANIEL LAKE BLVD) – (CONFIRMED BY O. CHAMBERS, SMALL LEAK WILL HOLD)
  7. 3014 LILLY ST & CLOVER HILL
  8. 8.200 S LAMAR ST
  9. NANTUCKET DR & ANDOVER DR
  10. 10.1242 LANGLEY ST
  11. 3015 HOLMES AVE
  12. YORK ST & MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DR
  13. 920 WHITWORTH ST
  14. 4336 WOODLAND AVE – BEHIND ELPASO ST
  15. 544 LAUNCELOT RD​
  16. 240 BRIARWOOD DR
  17. 511 FOREST AVE
  18. 5506 MEL WOOD DR
  19. N FARISH ST & MONUMENT ST
  20. ASH WOOD ST/ENGLEWOOD BLVD
  21. 6230 WOODSTOCK DR
  22. CENTRAL ST & DALTON ST
  23. 503 N State St
  24. 761 HARRIS ST.
  25. 611 CHELSEA DR
  26. SHERBROOK DR & LAKE SHORE RD​
  27. 423 BROADVIEW ST
  28. 230 BEASLEY RD
  29. CENTRAL ST & ALTA VISTA BLVD​
  30. 351 S DENVER ST
  31. 403 CHASTAIN DR
  32. 4318 COUNCIL CIRCLE
  33. SOUTH HAVEN CIRCLE & MCDOWELL RD
  • The following locations have been confirmed as actual water main breaks and the MS 811 Locate requested. They have not been repaired as of 2/26/2021:
  1. 212 AUTUMN RIDGE DR – (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED)
  2. 3925/3927 BERKLEY DR – (CONFIRMED- MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 2/25/2021)​
  3. 304 N CONGRESS ST – SERVICE LEAK – 200 FEET N OF YAZOO ON THE E SIDE OF THE STREET-(MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  4. HOLLY HILL DR  & OLD LAKE RD — DRAIN ISSUE NEAR 171 HOLLY HILL DR –HOLLY HILL OLD LAKE RD –AT  THE NE CORNER -(MS 811 LOCATE RQ 02/27/2021)
  5. 538 WILL O WISP WAY ***ROUTINE LOCATE -300 FT E OF ALTA WOODS ON THE N SIDE OF THE STREET – (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  6. 209 E CAPITAL ST – (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/12/2021)​
  7. 3715 GREENWICH ST – (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  8. 3503 DOWING ST/DUNBAR ST & DOWNING ST – (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  9. 975 ROYAL OAK DR ​(CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED-02/25/2021)​​ 

REPAIRED WATER MAIN BREAKS/LEAKS

  • The following water main breaks/ leaks have been repaired as of 2/26/2021:
  1. 2236 MEAGAN DR
  2. 3006 CHARLESTON DR
  3. EDGEWOOD ST & EUCLID AVE
  4. 5440 HIGHLAND DR
  5. 3724 MONTROSE CIRCLE(3 Leaks Total Same Street) 3739 and 3748
  6. DULING AVE & OLD CANTON RD
  7. 622 DULING AVE
  8. 124 ASHCOT CIRCLE
  9. RHYMES PLACE & EASTBOURNE
  10. 3906 RESTBROOK PLACE
  11. 1154 GREYMONT AVENUE
  12. 4893 CHURCH-HILL DR
  13. 206 PRENTISS STREET
  14. 218 COLUMBUS ST
  15. FORTIFICATION ST AND MAPLE ST
  16. 4021 OAKLAWN DR
  17. 1045 AVONDALE ST
  18. LONGINO ST & FORTIFICATION ST
  19. 354 E MAYS ST ​
  20. 4235 HANOVER PLACE​
  21. 3853 TYRONE DR
  22. 350 SAMUEL BAILEY DR
  23. 337 BARNES ST
  24. 5939 BAXTER DR (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/24/2021)
  25. 2382 HWY 80 – REPAIRED 02/25/2021
  26. 607 S JEFFERSON ST – SAME AS S JEFFERSON ST & E SOUTH ST NEAR JACKSON ICE (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/24/2021) – CONFIRMED //REPAIR IN PROGRESS (02/25/2021)
  27. 931 UNION ST(MS 800 LOCATE REQUESTED/REPAIR IN PROGRESS 02/25/2021)
  28. W CAPITAL ST & LOINGINO ST – (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/25/2021)(REPAIR IN PROGRESS)​
  29. 857 N JEFFERSON ST (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/24/2021) – CONFIRMED​ –REPAIR IN PROGRESS 02/25/2021
  30. W CAPITAL ST & 144 BRADLEY ST  – (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/25/21) W3/V. PICKETT WILL REPAIR 02/26/21)
  31. CLEVELAND AVE/HILL AVE (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 2/25/2021)​ – W3 VPICKETT REPAIRED
  32. CAPITAL ST & LONGINO ST (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/25/2021)​
  33. 1614 JONES AVE (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/25/2021) – REPAIR IN PROGRESS
  34. CLAIBORNE ST & ST CHARLES ST- (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 2/25/2021)
  35. 1600/1645 BLAIR ST-(CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED  -02/25/2021)
  36. VALLEY ST NEAR ROBINSON ST ACROSS FROM PERKINS FOUNDATION – (CONFIRMED- MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/26/2021- REPAIR IN PROGRESS. ​
  37. OAK DALE ST & WHOLESALE RD​​
  38. 2919 MARWOOD DR- (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/26/21)
  39. 1600/1609 FIRST AVE – (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 2/25/2021)
  40. DEWITT AVE/BAILEY AVE- ​(CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/26/2021)
  41. E. MITCHELL AVE/N MILL ST – (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/26/2021)
  42. W MAYES ST & 3243 EDWARDS AVE- (CONFIRMED – MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED)
  43. GLENDALE AND BAILEY AVE 300 FT W/BAILEY AVE ON SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET- VISIBLE LEAK  – (MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  44. 3242 ROSEMARY ST(MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/24/2021) -CONFIRMED
  45. 726 ALVAREDO ST – 300 FT W OF BELVEDERE ON THE N SIDE OF THE STREET ***(MS 811 LOCATE REQUESTED 02/27/2021)
  46. 1200 RIDGEWAY ST & SAGE ST — 1200 RIDGEWAY ST — 100 FT E  OF SAGE ST — ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE STREET – (MS 811 LOCATE RQ 02/27/2021)​​​​

Thank You to Our Donors

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Foundation this year.

Remember to Give Where You Live When Making Year End Gifts

Being Belhaven Annual Fundraiser 2020

Join us virtually on Tuesday, December 8th at 6pm to hear about what we have accomplished this year and to celebrate great things to come in 2021!

2020 has been a very different year and our Annual Party is going to different this year as well. Join us as we thank our donors and our volunteers for a wonderful year of progress. We will recap our accomplishments, welcome our new Board members, and have a special presentation about the neighborhood’s newest amenity, the Museum Trail. You can reserve your spot by donating through the Eventbrite page, our website, or by mailing your donation to 954 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, MS 39202.  We will also have some pre-recorded fun and educational videos from a few of our Greater Belhaven staples!

After donating be sure to go to the “Add On” section to select your Annual Party Package made possible by Kats Wine & Spirits, Elvie’s, The Library Lounge, Lou’s Full Serv, & Manship Wood Fired Kitchen!  These will be delivered to you before the party begins.

We will be raffling off a Thomas Wilson original painting, featured above,  during the party as well.  Raffle tickets are available for purchase through the Eventbrite page.  They are $25 each or 5 for $100.

Here is the link for more information regarding donation levels, packages and raffle tickets:  Being Belhaven Annual Party 2020 Tickets, Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

2020 Year in Review

2020 has been very a different year for everyone. The Greater Belhaven Foundation has powered through by re-imagining events, helping support our neighborhood businesses by spreading the word about new hours, curbside pickup and takeout, and moving forward with residents and the City on the Community Improvement District Petition.

Our big push for 2020 has been collecting the required number of signatures needed to submit the CID petition. We are SO CLOSE! The pandemic has made in-person contacts so much harder, but we were able to work with the City on an agreement that lets us use DocuSign. This gives residents the opportunity to sign from their computers and limits volunteer contact.

Our summer social media campaign focused on some of the improvements a CID will bring to Greater Belhaven. The Foundation sponsored a cleanup day along the Museum to Market Trail, funded street sweeping at the intersection of Riverside and Peachtree, and put a spotlight on added security the CID could fund. If you’re in favor of these kinds of improvements (and more), we’d welcome your help in reaching a few neighbors who have yet to sign the petition for the CID.

As part of the summer social media blitz, we asked you to post your favorite reasons to love our neighborhood. The “100 Reasons Belhaven” social media campaign brought much-deserved attention to all the wonderful things that Greater Belhaven has to offer. Obviously, there are way more than 100 reasons to love this place we call home, and social media proved us correct. Our thanks to all who posted and participated.

The summer also saw a longtime Greater Belhaven Foundation project come to fruition, with the groundbreaking for the Museum to Market Trail. GBF has worked for years to secure and connect properties along the multi-use trail route, and has helped with planning and coordinating among the organizations working on this project. This is one of many projects in the Foundation’s 20-year history that has taken countless hours of behind-the-scenes work and perseverance; it is great to see it finally under construction! The Foundation continues to engage in conversations about the trail and its amenities and security features. Your continued support will help to maintain, secure, and update the Trail and other outdoor areas like Greater Belhaven’s three parks.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on the hottest festival in town, Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights. We were able to reimagine Bright Lights to create a neighborhood night out, modeled around a nationwide festival called Porch Fest. Neighbors put out lights to honor health care workers, several residents set up booths in their yards, and musicians played on their porches. It was not the BLBN we know and love, but it was a great evening nonetheless.

Our Being Belhaven Annual Party will also be very different this year. We’re going virtual, but we are sure you’ll love what we are planning. Save the Date for December 8th!

While 2020 has been challenging in so many ways, it’s also shown us again and again the very real value of a dynamic, diverse, vibrant community, where we know our neighbors (and their pets and children), support our local businesses, and applaud our neighborhood healthcare heroes. Shelter-in-place has meant lots more people working from our historic homes, riding bikes and walking our tree-lined streets, and enjoying some socially-distanced gatherings on our patios and porches. It’s made us appreciate Greater Belhaven even more, and it makes us even more grateful for your ongoing support. Our special neighborhood depends on your continuing support and involvement. And we need your support this year more than ever! Donate now by visiting https://greaterbelhaven.com/help-us-grow/ .

Museum Trail Clean Up Day

Saturday, October 24 beginning at 9:00am we are saying Welcome to the Neighborhood to the Museum Trail by cleaning it up! We could use all the volunteer help we can get and we can sign off on service hours.  The asphalt is going down at the end of the month or the beginning of November and once that happens we can no longer get a dumpster back there.

Come check out the progress and help us tidy things up!  We are meeting at Laurel Street Park, 1841 Laurel Street, to hand out garbage bags and gloves and then heading back to the trail to handle the dirty work.  Please email me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com for additional information or to send me your service hour form in advance.

The Museum Trail will connect the Mississippi Farmer’s Market and downtown museums to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Natural Science Museum at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. Multi-use trails provide great venues for exercise and non-motorized transportation.

Pumpkins in the Park 2020 this Saturday!

Pumpkins in the Park will take place this Saturday, October 3 starting at 5:30pm in Belhaven Park located at 1000 Poplar Boulevard.

Pumpkins in the Park will be a little different this year.  We can’t have our usual group decorating, music and a movie BUT we can have a socially distanced Pumpkin Patch in the Park!  A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant for making sure we have plenty of pumpkins to pick from.  The patch will open at 5:30pm and remain open until all the pumpkins are claimed.  We will also have prepackaged pumpkin decorating kits.

Since we can’t decorate in the Park as a big group and everyone loves to see each other’s pumpkins, let’s move the party to social media!  Get home and decorate away then post your pumpkin on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use the hashtag #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Keifer’s!

When you come on Saturday, please wear a mask.  We will have the line marked at six feet apart.  There are limited pumpkins so they are for the little ones only, with only one pumpkin per child.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant and a generous grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Two Neighborhood Events Coming Up Soon

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back on!  Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 25th and if it rains no worries, go ahead and mark the weekend of October 2.  A map will be released closer to the date.  The houses will be in place by 3:00pm on Friday, September 25th and they will be collected at 8:00am Monday, September 28th.  This family friendly, socially distanced activity will take participants on a hunt for fun fairy houses all around Belhaven.

You will have all weekend to hunt and post your pics on Social Media tagging the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #greatbelhavenfairyhunt to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants.

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:  Kats Wine & Spirits, Keifer’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full Serv, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Spectrum Sip, Shoe Bird Café & Urban Foxes.  This also would not be possible without a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; thank you MAC!!

If you have your own fairy house you would like to hide in your yard, let me know by emailing ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com and I will add you to the map!!

Pumpkins is the Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 beginning at 5:30pm at Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd.  Pumpkins will look very different this year.  We are not allowed to have the movie or music BUT we can have a pumpkin patch!  There will be several pumpkins available to come pick from as well as decorating kits.  Come get a pumpkin and take home to decorate!!  Pumpkins and kits are free and they will be distributed to children on a first come first serve basis.  Limit one pumpkin per child.  Be sure to tag Greater Belhaven Foundation in your posts of your finished pumpkins on Social and use #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants :

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant and to the Mississippi Arts Commission for making this event possible.

Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District Petition Update

The Greater Belhaven Foundation got wonderful news from the City of Jackson this week that they will accept electronic signatures created through DocuSign. This will make the Petition signing process easier during these socially distanced times. This decision came after the City legal department did extensive research through Attorney General opinions to determine that it is a permissible way to obtain signatures. We are currently 79 signatures away from reaching the statutorily required 60%. If you have not yet signed and want to please email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com. During the Petition phase it is required that you be a parcel owner in order to sign. Once we turn the petition in and move to the election phase, everyone who is registered to vote in the District can participate.
The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District would generate an estimated $200,000 a year to be used exclusively in the Greater Belhaven District for a wide array of improvements. The funds can be used for additional security measures, enhancements, regular clean ups, as matching funds for grants to handle larger projects, and several other projects that will greatly benefit our neighborhoods. For more information please visit www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ . There will be several town halls once the petition is submitted to give everyone a chance to submit and discuss all the ideas for how the money will be spent, your opinions are what will drive the master planning process. Help make Greater Belhaven the best that it can be!!!

Belhaven Heights Park’s Newest Addition

Belhaven Heights Park was selected as a recipient of public as part of the Fertile Ground Project. The mural artist is Graham Carraway and the piece in entitled “Wild Cat”.

The catfish is indicative of the ingenuity and resilience of Mississippians. In a state that’s mostly frowned upon by outsiders, we have remained at the forefront of the aquaculture industry. The same way much of America’s retailers within the catfish industry rely on one of its poorest regions, I believe Mississippi will soon be a serious contender in other sectors moving forward.

Community Partners: City of Jackson, Belhaven Heights Neighborhood Association, Greater Belhaven Foundation
The Fertile Ground Project uses public art as a medium to inspire dialogue about food insecurity in Mississippi. The project features nine physical art installations within food deserts across the city. The project brings together an interdisciplinary network of people such as artists, designers, architects, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, policymakers, and community members to discuss the complexities of our current food system and inspire new solutions. To learn more about The Fertile Ground Project visit https://fertilegroundjxn.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @thefertilegroundproject