Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, will be left without reliable drinking water indefinitely after pumps in main treatment facilities failed on Monday, leading for emergency distribution of bottled water and tank trucks for 180 000 people.
city tied up failure to flood damage of Pearl River, but Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, who announced the state of emergency, said cause was unknown and what city-run the water treatment plant was poorly maintained and understaffed for years.
Anyway, Jackson… with 150,000 inhabitants and 30,000 in surrounding settlements – can do without running water indefinitely. And officials warned anyone with access tap water should boil it for three minutes.
Jackson more over 80% black or African American according to the US Census.
“Don’t drink water,” Reeves told a hurried caller. news conference. “In too many cases, raw water from the tank is pushed through the pipes.”
city said the recent flood of pearl river, caused heavy rains caused complications at the OB Curtis water treatment plant, which is located next to the reservoir that flows into the river just north of town.
Within a month, a warning had been issued in the city, urging residents to boil the tap water they were about to drink.
Reeves said the plant’s pump motors had failed. out recently left him to work on standby pumps, which failed on Monday. The state planned set up the incident control center at the plant by early Tuesday, hoping to restore operations.
“Not yet, if fixed, which means we don’t have reliable tap water at scale,” Reeves said. “Means city cannot produce enough water for fight fires, securely flush toilets and meet others critical needs”.
The crisis has opened a gulf between a Republican governor and a Democratic mayor. of Jackson, Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
Reeves said he did not invite Lumumba to the meeting on Monday. news conference and said, “I can’t comment on what kind effect There may or may not have been floods.
city operates an area of two water treatment plants, the OB Curtis plant, which treats 50 million gallons (227,300 cubic meters) per day, and the Fewell plant, whose normal production of Officials said the 20 million liters had been increased to 30 million gallons.
Because the water pressure dropped system-wide, officials could not guarantee running water, and they don’t know how a lot of homes were affected.
Meanwhile Jackson public the school district said it would transfer its students to online Tuesday training.
city and the state distributed bottled drinking and non-drinking water. for toilets, which the governor called “mass complicated Logistics challenge.