Boil advisory lifted for Jackson after nearly 7 weeks of water crisis, Mississippi officials say


A boil water advisory has been lifted for Jackson, Mississippi, after a water crisis that lasted nearly seven weeks, Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday.

“We can now announce that we have restored potable water to the City of Jackson effective today,” Reeves said. “We can safely say that the boil water advisory can be lifted for everyone who relies on Jackson’s water system.”

“The system is still flawed and we will fix the issues as the state responds. It is possible, although I do not pray inevitable, that there will be further interruptions. We cannot perfectly predict what is wrong with such a flawed system,” he said.

In late August, Reeves declared a state of emergency, saying the water crisis in the state capital had no end in sight.

Residents of Jackson have since faced a water crisis that included a lack of running water due to problems at the town’s main facility, the OB Curtis Water Plant, following of the Pearl River flood.

Water pressure spiked in Jackson last week after a system-wide outage the previous week.

Jackson health officials said pregnant women aged 5 or younger should use bottled water for drinking and cooking, or an NSF53 filter.

A team from the Office of the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency is carrying out a top-down examination of the causes of the crisis.

“The EPA OIG is keenly interested and concerned about what is happening in Jackson, Mississippi,” Jennifer Kaplan, spokeswoman for the agency, said Friday. “Last week we began sending OIG staff to collect data and conduct interviews, and over the coming week we plan to announce work related to the city’s water system. .”

The Jackson crisis highlighted long-neglected infrastructure issues. A cold snap in February 2021 froze machinery and pipes and cut off many residents from running water for weeks.

This is a developing story, please check for updates.



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