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Water Crisis in Jackson, Mississippi: FEMA director says it is too early to say when residents will have clean drinking water

For now six days after major failure at the water treatment plant is still too much soon say when all residents of Jackson will have safe running drinking water, head of This was announced on Sunday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“The focus now is on sure can we get bottled water out,” FEMA Administrator Dina Criswell told CNN’s Dana Basch.

“Now we are taking temporary measures to increase water pressure, so people can at least flush their toilets and use cranes.

jackson, home about 150,000 inhabitants, already is under the recommendation to boil water from July 30 due to high “levels of manganese combined with in use of lime” at the OB Curtis water treatment plant in nearby Ridgeland, city of Jackson said.
main pumps at the water treatment plant were severely damaged around the end of July, forcing the facility to operate on Smaller standby pumps, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said. last a week. The governor did not elaborate on damage.
Then heavy rain and flood in end of August caused chemical imbalance at the OB Curtis plant – main a waterworks serving Jackson. The water treatment plant began to fail on Monday, Reeves said.

Federal Emergency Management Agency director visited the site on Friday and said he was not sure when the water station would be fully operational. again.

Jim Craig of Mississippi State Department of Health, lefthosted by FEMA Administrator Dean Criswell, center;  Jackson Chokwe Mayor Antar Lumumba (right);  and Gov. Tate Reeves, in the back as they walk past    pools at the OB Curtis water treatment plant in Ridgeland on Friday.

“There were many of infrastructure damage that has taken place for many years,” Criswell told CNN’s “State of Union” on Sunday.

But “I think that the presence of the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, we had really good conversation on Friday on what it will take and the evaluations they are doing,” Criswell said. – It will happen in phases”.

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City officials said the water utility made “significant progress” in terms of water pressure from Friday evening to Saturday, boosting the plant’s output to 86 pounds per square inch (PSI) – close to their goal of 87 psi.

But even when Jackson’s boil water recommendations are lifted, the water purification infrastructure will still work. in “A fragile state,” Chokwe Mayor Antar Lumumba said in an interview with ABC’s This Week. on Sunday.

“As I have always warned, even when the pressure is restored, even when the boiling water does not notice us, this is not a question of if these systems fail but when these systems fail fail” Lumumba said.

“There are many points of failure. We are talking about set of accumulated challenges who took place over the best part of 30 years.”

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The mayor told the ABC he expects a long way to go towards a “safe, potable, reliable, sustainable and fair” water treatment plant.

“I raised up this circumstance among many people who in leadership and influence over solution,” Lumumba said. – I don’t want say it straight in one man’s knees, but I think there is a well-defined record of i pick it up up.”

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