The Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi updated residents on the water crisis and revealed the city will soon have safe drinking water, but the problem is far from solved.
Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said it could just be a matter of days before the boil water notice is lifted for approximately 150,000 people. “And so we believe that it’s a matter of days, not weeks before that boil water notice can be lifted,” shared Lumumba.
However, he explained that any repairs made now will not solve 30 years of deferred maintenance, and help would be needed on the state and federal level to help address the issue.
Last week repairs to high service pumps at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant was announced as completed. However, the water quality in the distribution system was still under work, including investigating samples of water.
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Operators said they will need two rounds of clear samples to be able to lift the boil water notice.
A federal probe has been launched as Jackson residents have been without safe drinking water for over a month. The mayor said he doesn’t know any details of the investigation, but welcomes any light it can shed on the cause of the failure.
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