Water Crisis: Mississippi Residents Pay the Price for Leadership’s Neglect

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A sign taped to the door of the closed Mama's Eats and Sweets restaurant is one of the casualties of the water crisis Friday Sep. 2, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Thousands of people in Jackson, Miss., still can’t safely drink the city’s water. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves gave an update:

“We have, however, reached a place where people in Jackson can trust that water will come out of the faucet. People in Jackson can trust that toilets can be flushed and people in Jackson can trust that the fires can be fought.” 

As far as who is to blame, Gov. Reeves says the “system broke over several years and it would be inaccurate to claim it is totally solved in the matter of less than a week.” 

Last week on CNN’s New Day with Brianna Keilar, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba had this to say: 

“I’ve been saying that it’s not a matter of if our system would fail, but when our system would fail. So it’s been an underinvestment into the system. And I think that there’s a little bit to be shared across the board through leadership on every level.” 

He also says that massive amounts of bottled water are getting to residents. The plant servicing Jackson begin to fail last Monday. Officials say they’re looking to see two rounds of clear samples, which is a process the city plans to begin midweek.


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