Jackson, Mississippi (Media report) – As flooding has seriously damaged its central water treatment plant, the city administration has declared a drinking water emergency. They have started looking for alternate water supply and distribution resources for the population of around two hundred thousand people living in the city.
Reeves, the governor told a meeting of state officials on Monday that “it means until it is fixed, we do not have reliable running water — the city cannot produce water to fight fires, to reliably flush toilets, and to meet other critical needs.”
More than 80% Black, or African Americans live in Jackson, the state capital of Mississippi. The city is located on the banks of the Pearl River, which has swollen to dangerously high levels, directly affecting the city’s water plant.