Seven water distribution sites will be open ‘until further notice’ in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The state has opened seven major water supply sites that will serve parched residents of Mississippi’s capital “until further notice,” officials said Thursday.

Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters that these centers will quickly and efficiently get bottles of potable water, non-potable water and sanitizer into the hands of Jackson residents — but offered no timeline for when that might end. ongoing water crisis.

“These sites will be well-supplied, they will be well-staffed and they will be well-prepared to deal with the continuing emergency in the days ahead,” he said.

The sites will be open from “9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily until further notice,” the governor said.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba declared an emergency for the water supply system Monday night due to complications from the Pearl River flooding.

Problems at the OB Curtis water plant resulted in low or no water pressure for many city residents.

Lumumba told voters Thursday that local, state and federal authorities are in constant communication, in their joint efforts to get clean water flowing in Jackson.

“We have made positive gains within the system,” he said.

“We understand your frustrations. We understand your impatience with this challenge and it’s all justified. I just want to assure you that you have a united front at this hour and are working to address it.

Reeves also lamented the hardships imposed on Jackson residents.

“I know you are facing a deeply unfair situation. It’s frustrating,” he said Thursday. “It’s wrong…and it needs to be fixed.”

The governor warned residents, even if an acceptable level of water pressure starts coming out of the taps, not to drink it.

“Don’t drink the water,” he said. “Do not use the water to brush your teeth. If you are going to drink water, boil it. There has been a boil water advisory in the city for some time. did not change.”

The state capital, home to about 150,000 people, nearly 83% of whom are black, has long been plagued by infrastructure problems that have made it difficult to get clean, reliable water.

Seven-month-pregnant Ashely Tosé said her fellow Jacksonites are quickly losing patience and hope.

“People are fed up. They’re running to nearby towns that have clean water to bathe in and go to their grocery stores and buy all the water because we don’t have any,” she said. to NBC News at a church-run preschool.

If the situation does not improve dramatically, Tosé says he fears the fate that awaits his unborn child.

“So I’m going to have a black son.” And to have a city with rundown schools, rundown roads, run out of groceries and no water to drink. Honestly, I don’t even want to bathe my baby in Jackson water.

Morgan Chesky and Jillian Frankel reported from Jackson, Mississippi, and David K. Li in New York.

Jillian Frankel contributed.

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