Water still questioned by Broadmoor residents

Published 12:14 am Tuesday, December 12, 2017


NATCHEZ — Water has returned for many of the Broadmoor residents who went without water pressure for at least a month earlier this year, though a boil-water notice is still in effect for the area.

Some residents report the water returning the second week in November, though others say they did not have a return to full pressure until approximately Nov. 28.

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Broadmoor Utilities President Leola Harris has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

Though the water has returned, it is still not potable. A few red and white signs still line Broadmoor Street — the only notification of the boil-water notice in affect in the area.

James Thompson, who lives on West Wilderness Road in the Broadmoor area, said when the service returned in his home, the water was tainted with a greasy substance.

Thompson said he was unaware of the boil-water notice at first, and became sick after drinking the water from his faucet.

Though Thompson said he has not consumed the water since he learned of the boil-water notice, he says he continues to feel ill.

“The damage has been done,” he said. “My stomach hasn’t been right since. I stand up and feel dizzy.”

Thompson is still buying cases of water each week, as are many in the Broadmoor area.

Rick Marshall said his water returned to full pressure on approximately Nov. 16, but said he still purchases water.

“We’re not drinking it,” Marshall said. “It’s back on, but I’m we’re not going to drink it yet.”

Reports of when the water first began waning vary among residents and the Broadmoor Utility Company.

Some residents, such as Thompson, say the depleted water pressure in Broadmoor began as far back as June.

Harris said the outage only began around the beginning of November.

The Mississippi Department of Health lists a boil-water notice that went into effect on Nov. 3 and has not yet been canceled.