MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Ongoing water pressure issues will keep Memphis International Airport closed through the night Friday.
Airport spokesman Glen Thomas told WMC Action News 5 it’s unlikely the airport will resume passenger operations before noon Saturday if not later.
Thomas says the main issue is with bathrooms. The water pressure is so low right now, bathrooms are inoperable.
Earlier Friday, the airport shut down the passenger terminal after water pressure levels dropped to a point that passenger operations were no longer feasible, according to a news release.
All passenger flights were canceled Friday but cargo operations continued.
MEM said the terminal will remain closed until water pressure has been restored to an acceptable operational level. MEM said they are in contact with MLGW on the progress of repairs.
The Memphis International Airport said it requires a significant water supply for restrooms, operations, food and beverage and the airlines.
“This is a last resort for MEM,” said Scott Brockman, President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. “A passenger airport cannot function without a safe and dependable water supply, which we do not have at this time. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, sanitary and secure operation. We hope that MLGW is able to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.