(JACKSON, Miss.) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a water contact advisory Thursday for a section of Canal 1 in Long Beach from Beatline Road to Menge Avenue. The advisory is being issued due to a discharge of partially treated wastewater at the Long Beach Industrial District Park treatment facility resulting from temporary pumping of wastewater from a force main rupture in Long Beach.

MDEQ recommends that people avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing in that area. People should also avoid eating fish or anything else taken from these waters until further notice. MDEQ has begun monitoring the water quality and will revise the advisory as needed.

Yesterday evening the 24-inch force main carrying wastewater to the Long Beach/Pass Christian treatment facility ruptured between the Johnson Road lift station and the treatment facility near Espy Avenue in Long Beach. The overflow is currently contained in an adjacent drainage ditch and is being transported by truck to the Harrison County Utility Authority’s (HCUA) treatment facility until repairs are complete. Additional flow is being relieved by diverting to other lift stations and temporary pumping to the Long Beach Industrial District Park treatment facility.

MDEQ is in communication with the Harrison County Utility Authority regarding their emergency repair efforts which the authority estimates to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours. MDEQ advises the public to follow any notifications issued by the HCUA.

For questions about the repairs, contact the authority at 228-868-8752.

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