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Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis: Repairs Start at Water Treatment Plant, but Residents Still Without Clean Water

Jackson Chokwe Mayor Antar Lumumba is optimistic about the water. restored residents this week, he told CNN on Wednesday. “But there is a huge mountain to climb in to achieve this,” he said. added.

Rental pump installed in the environment at the treatment plant, help add 4 million more gallons of water per day systemthe authorities believe. State also Contract with outside operators to begin work on critical emergency repair.

“We wash away bad water out of in system and making mechanical improvements to prevent even more catastrophic failureMississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said on Wednesday. news conference.

Jackson, Mississippi Water Crisis: Repairs Start at Water Treatment Plant, but Residents Still Without Clean Water

But even how fixes are made the service hesitated, and the governor warned: “Will future interruptions… at the moment they cannot be avoided.”

“Our immediate priority is to have running water, even temporarily sacrificing some quality standards where absolutely necessary to meet basic sanitary and safety needs,” Reeves said, urging residents not to drink water without boiling it.

“We hope that we can increase the number of water that will end up in the tanks more full and eventually lead to the script in that we can do proper testing and actually produce clean water,” the governor said. “But we haven’t reached that yet.”

car line up Wednesday at the water distribution site at the Grove Park Community Center. in Jackson, Mississippi.car line up Wednesday at the water distribution site at the Grove Park Community Center. in Jackson, Mississippi.

Daily life turned upside down in Jackson

While the authorities are in a hurry to make repairs, get the necessary spare parts and sort it out with shortage of personnel at Jackson’s water treatment plant, the crisis turns daily life upside down.

Residents see muddy, discolored water out of them cocks and say it should be adequate for sanitary and hygienic purposes. They can not use water to drink, cook or wash dishes, but they can shower and wash their hands in it, officials said.

“Please do sure in shower that your mouth is not open, Jim Craig, senior deputy and director of health protection in the Mississippi department of Health, residents said on Wednesday, adding pets should also do not consume water.

According to the mayor, this unknown when residents no longer need to boil water, and this cannot be assessed until the water pressure returns to normal.

Meanwhile all the Jacksons public schools switched to virtual I study on Tuesday. Jackson State University also switched to online classes this week and set up portable showers and toilets on campus.

“His like lived in a nightmare right now,” sophomore Erin Washington told CNN. student described seeing brown, stinking water running out of mixers on campus.

What is it like trying to survive without water in Jackson, MississippiWhat is it like trying to survive without water in Jackson, Mississippi

Businesses, many of which are still struggling to recover from Covid-19-related setbacks, also struggling. Hardest hit is the city’s hospitality industry, said Jeff Rent, president and CEO of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

“Hotels and restaurants, already on thin margins, either cannot be opened, or have to be done special premises, including purchase of ice, water and soft drinks,” Rent said.

BUT father of fifth, Kehinde Gaynor, said the lack of water was frustrating for his family.

“It’s devastating father because we are suppliers for in family. Right now we just crippled because we have no control over what is happening on in outside of in home” Gaynor said.

Residents had to stand in long lines to get bottled water and non-potable water from distribution points operated by city. Some sites worked this week out of water and turned people away.

“Supersites” will work on Thursday, making more water available residents with help of National Guard, the governor said.

Anita Shaw, a 63-year-old Jackson resident, arrived early Thursday morning at a Salvation Army site to distribute bottled water. group says ran out of 2700 cases a day before everyone else in long queue can get one.

The show expressed disappointment: residents were left without clean water for more more than a month; not everyone can afford to constantly buy bottles; and lines for free water is long. The water flowing from her faucet on Thursday was light brown, she told CNN.

She still had to pay the $100 water bill, she said.

“I paid $100… and I can’t use water,” Shaw said. – What good pays your water bill when you can’t use water?”

President Joe Biden declares state of emergency for Jackson and Reeves said that allow Mississippi to connect to critical crisis response resources.

FEMA Administrator Deann Criswell head On Friday, Jackson became aware of CNN.

The OB Curtis water plant is visible on Wednesday in ridgeland, north of    Jackson, Mississippi.The OB Curtis water plant is visible on Wednesday in ridgeland, north of    Jackson, Mississippi.

longer term fixes needed

Although Jackson saw many water problems over years, acute problems cascaded since late July, when turbid water was seen at the city’s OB Curtis water treatment plant. The state introduced a notice on boiling water for Jackson because the cloudiness carries higher The likelihood that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.
Around the same time main pumps at OB Curtis — cityx main wastewater treatment plant — were severely damaged, forcing the facility to operate on smaller standby pumps, Reeves said this week, without elaborating. on damage. city announced On August 9, the faulty pumps were turned off.
water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi has become bad, city temporarily ran out of bottled water for give residentswater crisis in Jackson, Mississippi has become bad, city temporarily ran out of bottled water for give residents
The governor was warned last week that Jackson soon fail to produce running water, Reeves said.
Then the flood: heavy rains last made the Pearl River overflow its banks for a week and flood some streets of jackson, monday peak.

The water intake from the reservoir was affected by heavy rains, creating chemical imbalance on traditional treatment side of plant, Craig said on Wednesday. This affected the removal of solid particles, resulting in side of factory temporarily shut down and as a result in loss of water distribution pressure.

Even with installation environment of temporary pump, significant mechanical and electrical problems remain due to deferred maintenance including various pumps and motors to be replaced, and in pools that have accumulated to levels that are “unacceptable,” Craig said.

Personnel issues have further complicated matters, officials said.

Quad Johnson (center) carrying parcels of bottled water for vehicles on Wednesdays at the Grove Park Community Center water point in Jackson, Mississippi.Quad Johnson (center) carrying parcels of bottled water for vehicles on Wednesdays at the Grove Park Community Center water point in Jackson, Mississippi.
jackson water system also got hit in February 2021 when a severe winter storm hits pipes freeze and burst and leave many residents without water for month.
It happened after the city water system in early 2020 failed inspection of the Environmental Protection Agency, which found drinking water could potentially host harmful bacteria or parasites.

In July 2021, the EPA and city entered into an agreement to resolve “oldterm challenges and make necessary improvements to drinking water system”Environmental Protection Agency also recently announced $74.9 million in federal water supply and sewerage funds for Mississippi.

Advocates have previously pointed to systemic and environmental racism as causes of Jackson’s current water problems and shortages of resources to solve them. About 82.5% of Jackson population self-identifies as black or African American, according to census data, while the state legislature is majority white.

Asked on Wednesday about allegations that worsening of water infrastructure in Jackson result of environmental racism, Reeves said the state is not run water systems.

“In state of Mississippi, we have a large number of municipalities that run their own water system. We have a large number of rural water associations, which run their own water system. Till Monday of condition this week of Mississippi runs exactly zero water systems,” he said.

Amy Simonson of CNN, Melissa Alonso, Amara Walker, Isabelle Rosales and Amir Vera contributed to this report.

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