Following localized flooding in Jackson, MS, approximately 160,000 people in and around Mississippi’s capital lack access to safe, running water. Parts of Jackson are without running water because several days of flooding after heavy rainfall exacerbated longstanding problems in one of the city’s two water treatment plants. The city had previously been under a boil-water notice for a month due to the collection of cloudy water samples by the Department of Health that indicated consumption of the city’s running water could cause health problems. Jackson’s water system has a troubled history, but this crisis escalated as floodwaters caused the water treatment plant to stop producing water for almost a hundred and eighty thousand citizens. Pumps are broken, and, as a result, the plant is not producing an adequate level of water pressure.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves requested a federal emergency declaration, which was approved by President Biden. The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are now sending resources to the region.
Americares is working with partners to respond to the need for bottled water.