Boil water notice closer to being lifted, MLGW CEO says

Published: Dec. 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2022 at 2:24 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis Light, Gas and Water CEO Doug McGowen updated the public on continuing water problems across the city Wednesday.

All MLGW customers remain under a boil water advisory.

McGowen says MLGW is not yet ready to lift the boil water notice. He says pressure must first be restored to their regular levels and then the water must be sampled to make sure it is safe for consumption.

Once the water is deemed safe, the boil water notice can be lifted.

Some areas are back to full pressure, McGowen says, but the samples must first be collected--a process that can take 18 hours.

MLGW plans to distribute water again Thursday, McGowen says.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has released a statement about the rolling blackouts that were implemented during those dangerously cold temperatures over the weekend.

They reiterated the fact it was the first time they’ve had to issue a power curtailment in their 90-year history.

Another first for TVA, they say usage resulted in the largest power peak they’ve ever seen.

TVA’s statement reads:

“We are conducting a thorough review of what occurred and why. We are committed to sharing these lessons learned and - more importantly - the corrective actions we’re taking in the weeks ahead to ensure we are prepared to manage significant events in the future.”

The frigid temperatures are believed to be responsible for killing one person in Memphis and seven statewide.

NBC News reports that as freezing temperatures and heavy snow swept across the country, 57 people died.

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