Boil water notice issued for Biloxi, south of the bay

The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued a boil water notice for customers in Biloxi living south of the bay.

Impacted areas are along the peninsula from Point Cadet to Debuys Road.  Areas north of the bay including Woolmarket and Cedar Lake are not affected.

The alert, which is expected to last at least through the weekend, was prompted after a routine sample from a Back Bay water well showed the presence of E. coli bacteria. The well where the issue was found has be closed off.

“Someone might say this is an anomaly based on the city’s excellent track record,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “But we’re following the advice of our partners at the Mississippi State Department of Health.”

The boil water alert is until further notice. The precautionary notice is lifted after two consecutive clear samples.

“We have a history of providing safe and clean water,” Gilich said. “We take that responsibility seriously. We understand the inconvenience that this will cause and appreciate the public’s understanding of this boil water precaution.”

The city, on a monthly basis, monitors the drinking water for specific contaminants. Biloxi has a distribution system that includes 23 wells, 11 tanks, and 273 miles of water main. Annually, the city releases a water quality report which reflects its continuing goal of maintaining a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.
See the state health department notice
See the annual water quality reports