"Mississippi’s Largest City In Water Crisis As Treatment Plant Fails"

"The governor of Mississippi urged residents of Jackson, the state’s capital and largest city, not to drink the water there — if they still had access to it — warning that running water would soon be unavailable as the city’s long-struggling treatment plant failed.

Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said during an emergency briefing Monday night that the city would be without “reliable running water at scale” for the near future.

Exactly when the situation would be resolved was unclear, officials at the briefing said, but Reeves said the state was prepared to distribute alternative sources of water for “as long as we have to.” The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency had asked Reeves to mobilize the National Guard to help with distribution, said the agency’s executive director, Stephen C. McCraney.

Jackson Public Schools said that starting Tuesday, all of its schools would shift to virtual learning because of the water crisis."

Bryan Pietsch reports for the Washington Post August 30, 2022.

Source: Washington Post, 08/30/2022