“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.
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.
“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”.
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.”
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.”