Mississippi Declares State Of Emergency As Broken-Pump Leaves Capital Without Drinking Water

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency for Jackson, the state's capital, as an ongoing water crisis threatens the "critical needs" of more than 180,000 city residents. Severe flooding knocked out pumps at the capital's main water treatment center, sparking a massive shortage of clean water. 

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Reeves activated the National Gaurd Monday evening to assist in distributing clean water to the city's residents. 

"The is a very different situation from a boil water notice — which is also a serious situation which the residents of Jackson have become tragically numb to," the governor said in a prepared statement.

Mississippi Declares State Of Emergency As Broken-Pump Leaves Capital Without Drinking Water

The crux of the problem resides in Jackson's failed water treatment facility with low water pressure and inadequate treatment to clean the water. Pumps at the water treatment facility were damaged in recent floods. 

"Until it is fixed, it means we do not have reliable running water at scale. It means the city cannot produce enough water to reliably flush toilets, fight fire and meet other critical needs," the governor continued. 

The mayor warned residents: 

"Do not drink the water. In too many cases, it is raw water from the reservoir being pushed through the pipes," Reeves told Jackson residents Monday. "Be smart, protect yourself, protect your family."

Gov. Reeves said emergency maintenance is underway at the water treatment facility as there is no timetable on when the water shortage will be resolved. 

(Article by Tyler Durden republished from ZeroHedge.com)

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