Jackson Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Over Lack of Access to Clean Water


A sign marks the road leading to the City of Jackson, Miss., J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant at the edge of the historic Belhaven neighborhood, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Two new lawsuits filed Tuesday, Oct. 19, claim hundreds of children have been exposed to dangerous lead levels through the drinking water in Mississippi's capital city, which has been facing water system problems for years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Residents of Jackson, Miss., have filed a class action lawsuit over their lack of access to clean water. According to Axios, the lawsuit was filed against the city, current and former mayors, city officials, and engineering companies.

The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights were violated by government leaders, and that the residents were poisoned by the water even before the most recent crisis in August.

The federal class action lawsuit reads: “This public health crisis, decades in the making, was wholly foreseeable by Defendants’ actions and has left Jackson residents in an untenable position — without access to clean, safe water in 2022 in a major United States city.”

Jackson is a majority Black city that has struggled with basic access to water for more than a generation.

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