Unified Command launches search for emergency contract at Jackson water plants

Unified Command tackling multiple chlorine leaks at the OB Curtis water plant in Jackson four days after the boil water advisory was lifted in the city (Image courtesy of town of Jackson)

A month has passed since Jackson’s water crisis ended, leaving tens of thousands of city residents without water for more than two weeks in September.

Today, the Jackson Water Crisis Unified Incident Command issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a 12-month emergency supply contract for operations, maintenance personnel and management of the capital’s water treatment facilities. These locations include the OB Curtis Water Treatment Facility, JH Fewell Water Treatment Facility, Jackson Reservoirs and Well Facilities.

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the search for a contract comes as several contracts and emergency declarations are soon to end. Current Emergency Management Assistance Pact (EMAC) contracts end on October 20 and the declaration of emergency measures ends on November 29.

“MEMA is acting as the coordinating agency for the award of this contract. Staffing has been a critical issue at these facilities, and we are ready to move into the next phase of stabilizing Jackson’s water services. Our top priority is the safety of people,” says Stephen McCraney, Executive Director of MEMA.

Other reasons for the emergency contract include providing long-term solutions to support the state’s work at the named facilities.

MEMA reports only $191,000 was spent to bring Jackson’s water treatment plant back online

Brandon D. James