Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday that the boil-water advisory has been lifted for Jackson, Mississippi, after a water crisis that lasted nearly seven weeks.
“We can now announce that we have restored clean water to the City of Jackson to date,” Reeves said. “We can say that the boil water advice can be removed for everyone who trusts Jackson’s water system.”
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“The system is still incomplete and we are going to address the issues during the period of the state response. It is possible, although I pray that is not inevitable, that there will be further interruptions. We cannot completely predict what will go wrong with such a broken system,” he said.
In late August, Reeves declared a state of emergency, saying there was no end to the water crisis in the state capital.
Jackson’s residents have since faced water crises, including no running water due to problems at the city’s main facility, the Obie Curtis Water Plant, following the Pearl River flooding.
Water pressure surged last week in Jackson, following a system failure a week earlier.
Jackson health officials have said that people who are pregnant and 5 or younger should use bottled water or NSF53 filters for drinking and cooking.
A team from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General is conducting a top-down review of the cause of the crisis.
“EPA OIG is deeply interested and concerned about what is happening in Jackson, Mississippi,” agency spokeswoman Jennifer Kaplan said Friday. “Last week, we began sending OIG personnel to collect data and conduct interviews, and in the coming week we expect to announce work related to the city’s water system.”
Jackson’s crisis exposed long-neglected infrastructure problems. A cold snap in February 2021 froze machinery and pipes and left many residents cut off from running water for weeks.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
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