After more than 150,000 people were without safe water Tuesday morning, Jackson, MS, residents took to Twitter to express their frustration with the city’s water supply. system.
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When officials tried to ship bottled water, they described the task as a “complicated task” while trying to revise a plan to address the problem.
For years, the city of more than 163,000 people, with more than 80 percent black, has faced problems with aging infrastructure and a lack of resources to produce a commensurate system.
They had to boil the water for the past month because of “cloudy samples” New York Times newspaper.
Residents have expressed their concerns on social media.
One person tweeted:
There is no tap water in Jackson. The heat index is 102 degrees. Schools and universities are closed. Do not cook, clean, or bathe. It is the capital city, and the largest city in Mississippi. #jxnwatercrisis
– Brittany Brown (@isthatbritt) August 30, 2022
Another person tweeted:
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This week it became clear that the system was getting worse and could not sustain the city adequately.
“Until it’s fixed, that means we don’t have a reliable source of potable water on a large scale,” said Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.
“That means the city can’t produce enough water to fight fires, to reliably flush toilets and to meet other critical needs.”
As a result, schools and businesses have closed and it is unclear when officials will be able to address the issue.
The water shortage is likely to persist for the next few days,” city officials said in a statement Monday before the largest water treatment failed.
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