- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) - Workers are starting to repair a leak that officials have been monitoring for the past six years in the dam of the Ross Barnett Reservoir near Jackson.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1pPzqpN ) that the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, which oversees the reservoir, is now in a financial position to do the $600,000 repair job.

The district’s executive director, John Sigman, says the repair is “rather routine” but needs to be done. He says workers will clean out a sand drain that was installed in the 1960s.

The repair contract is for four months, but Sigman says he hopes the work will be finished more quickly.

The reservoir covers about 33,000 res and is surrounded by 17,000 acres of shoreline property.

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