Sewer Main Break Forces Heightened Warning to Residents

to Avoid Water Contact in White Oak Creek

(Jackson, MS)–MDEQ is warning Jackson residents of a substantial sewer break in Northeast Jackson
that intensifies a long-issued water contact advisory for an area creek.

MDEQ’s Office of Pollution Control received and responded to a sewage related complaint this afternoon
from a resident who lives near White Oak Creek. MDEQ’s Field Services team verified the complaint in
the immediate vicinity of the creek, at the intersections of Ridgewood Road, Fairfax Circle, Adkins
Boulevard and Timberlain Drive, and alerted officials with the City of Jackson.

The line where the break occurred is referred to by the city as the “White Oak Interceptor”. The 24” sewer
line runs parallel to White Oak Creek. It appears a portion of the creek bank slid and caused the main
line to collapse. City officials tell MDEQ that they are working on both a temporary and long-term fix.

While White Oak Creek (as well as many creeks and water bodies in the Jackson area) has been-and
remains-under a water contact advisory since June 2019, the current situation requires a heightened
reminder that people should avoid water contact such as swimming, wading, and fishing in the White Oak
Creek area.

MDEQ will remain in contact with city officials and continue to monitor the situation. Media inquiries
should be directed to the City of Jackson.


Click here to view the map of the effected areas.