Excerpt from Buzzfeed – Mississippi’s capital was struggling to keep the water flowing to more than 150,000 people on Tuesday after floods deepened ongoing problems with the city’s aging water system.
Mississippi and the city of Jackson have declared emergencies as they work to distribute water to residents and restore water pressure across the capital city. On Monday night, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that the city’s main water treatment facility had started to fail, and it was unclear when it would be fully operational again. Residents had already been told not to drink from their taps without first boiling it, but now they can’t even reliably access the potentially contaminated water.