The entire city of Starkville has been placed under a boil water notice due to a major pipe repair on Locksley Way that began Wednesday when a contractor damaged the line.
This advisory does not include the Mississippi State University campus.
The boil water notice will remain in effect until the city has water samples tested, which Starkville Utilities expects should be complete by Saturday.
Those in the area of Locksley Way may have seen some impact to their water pressure Wednesday afternoon after a water main was damaged by Atmos Energy while doing contract work.
As repairs were expected to continue Thursday morning, Locksley Way, between Blackjack Road and South Montgomery Street, will be closed until further notice.
The city of Starkville is under a boil water notice Thursday and Friday and Saturday. If you have children attending school and can send some bottled water to school with them that would be a good idea. @StarkvilleSD @gosavols— Lynn Spruill (@lynn_spruill) August 22, 2019
Locksley Way, between Blackjack Rd and S Montgomery St, will remain closed during the morning commute. Please avoid this area if possible. We will provide further information as it becomes available. @Stark_Utilities @Starkville_PD @Starkville_FD @StarkvilleSD @msstate pic.twitter.com/vszl1mwMV2— City of Starkville (@COStarkville) August 22, 2019
Starkville Utilities said it was possible the area around The Veranda, Little London and Sherwood Commons could experience low water pressure.
Mayor Lynn Spruill took to Twitter for most of the night and into Thursday morning, answering questions about individual areas impact.
She said the only apartment complex on Blackjack Road that was impacted was Helix. Aspen Heights was not affected.
While school hours for both the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District and Starkville Academy were not impacted, parents were encouraged to send their children to school with bottled water if possible.
In a show of community spirit, though, the district said Clark Beverage Group delivered 2,500 bottles of water to schools in the district this morning.
While the main MSU campus was not impacted, the university said but some MSU facilities connected to Starkville Utilities are currently under the boil water notice, including:
—Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park
—College View Student Housing Development
—MSU Child Development and Family Studies Center
—MSU Research and Curriculum Unit
—Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
This is a developing story. The Starkville Daily News will have more details as they come available.