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Water crisis continues in Memphis, MLGW Boil Water Advisory could end in days

Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 8:21 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Light Gas and Water said the water system is improving but there is still a boil and conserve water advisory.

People are still waiting in lines to get a precious commodity, bottled water.

People in Frayser lined up to get bottled waters at Pursuit of God Church on North Watkins.

More: City of Memphis distributes 100,000 bottles of water

City council members Martavius Jones and J.B. Smiley hosted this event.

“We have to be in touch, reach out communities like Frayser like communities in North Memphis to make sure they are served well,” said J. B. Smiley.

People need bottled water because MLGW still has the boil water advisory in place.

It was a different situation in Bartlett at the Bartlett Baptist Church where water from the church from a hose filled up donated buckets or containers people brought.

Bartlett is not on Memphis’ water system so the water from a tap is ok to drink.

“There’s a scarcity of bottled water around. We got a building filled with water so we thought he not use the water we already got,” said Pastor Michael Priest.

Memphis Light Gas and Water CEO, J.T. Young said Wednesday, the water situation is improving and the utility is moving closer to lifting the boil water advisory.

“We’re seeing significant improvement,” he said.

Young said the utility started testing the water Tuesday and that will continue into Thursday.

Frigid temperatures with snow and ice last week caused pipes at households and businesses to freeze and break as well as at least 119 water mains.

Related: MLGW boil water advisory now in effect for City of Memphis

The mess caused the utility to lose almost 25 million gallons of water a day.

The repair has cost 3.6 million dollars, said Young.

Utility crews have been working hard to make those repairs and find leaks and in some cases doing delicate work like listening through the pavement to detect water leaks underground.

It’s not all jackhammers and tearing up the roads.

MLGW said when the boil water advisory is lifted it will be in stages and it won’t happen all at once.

The utility said when that happens it will still ask customers to conserve water.

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