TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - In a meeting among the Mississippi Rural Water Association, members answered questions about boil water procedures.
Three words no one wants to hear - boil water notice - the nearly 1,100 members of the MRWA met for their required training.
"We provide the training for what these water operators need to do for boil water, as well as, any other operations on the system," said Kirby Mayfield, CEO of the MRWA. "And we also provide emergency response when these systems have emergencies, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and whatever."
A state health department official, who was on hand at the meeting, says the agency has procedures for boil water notices on its website. There, it states the state issues the boil water alert to the public by way of press release. At the same time, it is up to the local water system to notify customers directly.
One worker from a local water system says his system does just that, even adding they get boil water notices out through the WTVA Code Red notification system.
"It's important to be on top of that because when your pressure drops below 20 PSI, it allows for the possibility for contaminants to get inside your water lines," says Mayfield. "[And] by boiling the water the operators have taken samples with chlorinated water and once these samples clear, then they can lift the boil water notice."