According to multiple reports, leaders in Mississippi are stepping in and trying to find a quick solution amid the water crisis in the state capital. Governor Tate Reeves acted quickly and declared a state of emergency for all Jackson residents. As we reported earlier, the city’s main water treatment facility failed on Monday. Officials blamed long-term water system problems and river flooding this week.
Governor Reeves told the people: “Don’t drink water,” according to CNN. In a written statement, he said that as long as Jackson lacks reliable potable water, the city “cannot produce enough water to reliably flush toilets, fight fires, and meet other important needs”. State officials say the National Guard has been called in to help with distribution as crews work to get the water treatment plant back up and running. They will distribute potable and non-potable water to 180,000 city residents.
The state is also setting up an oil tanker system to supply water to the fire engines because Jackson lost the ability to draw water from the fire hydrants. Currently, residents of all ages had to queue for more than a mile for at least two hours on Tuesday for just one case of bottled water. One of our roommates shared with us a video of the long lines.
Unfortunately, Jackson has had water problems for a long time. During a press conference Monday, Jackson’s Chokwe Mayor Antar Lumumba said it was only a matter of time before the water system failed because Jackson’s water system had faced serious problems for years. Mayor Lumumba stated, “I have said many times that it is not a matter” if “our system will fail, but a matter” of when “our system will fail,” the mayor said. said and added that the city has “would only it in the better of two years” when it comes to the water crisis.
Our thoughts are with those affected by this crisis.