Jackson: Around 180,000 people in Mississippi without drinking water

After severe flooding and a failure of recycling plants, around 180,000 people in the capital of the US state of Mississippi are without drinking water. The governor of the southern state, Tate Reeves, declared a state of emergency over the water crisis in Jackson on Tuesday and activated the national guard. This should help with the distribution of drinking water.

Firefighters and Jackson Fire Department recruits carry crates of water bottles to residents’ vehicles.

The governor urged the population not to drink the tap water: “Don’t drink this water. In too many cases, it is untreated water from the reservoir that is pushed through pipes.” The conservative Republican politician emphasized that it is not just the drinking water supply that is affected by the crisis. “The city cannot produce enough water to fight fires, flush toilets and meet other essential needs.”

Jackson has long struggled with water supply problems due to outdated infrastructure. An order to boil tap water had been in effect since the end of July.

Heavy rains and subsequent flooding have now exacerbated the crisis. Mississippi health officials said water treatment pumps were down. (AFP)

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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