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Almost 200,000 people in a major metropolitan area will be without running water for the foreseeable future.
The drinking water system in Jackson, Mississippi, was nearing collapse on Tuesday, cutting access to safe running water for more than 150,000 people. Officials scrambled to distribute bottled water and restore service to the long troubled system.
Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) announces a state of emergency in Jackson, MS, as the city’s 160,000+ residents will be without safe water for an “unknown period of time”:
“The city cannot produce enough water to fight fires, to reliably flush toilets, and to meet other critical needs.”
Video:“Please stay safe. Do not drink the water. In too many cases, it is raw water from the reservoir being pushed through the pipes.”
— Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) issues a stark warning for Jackson, Mississippi residents after the city's main water treatment facility failed Monday
A state of emergency has been declared in Jackson, Mississippi, after flooding severely damaged a water treatment plant — leaving nearly 200,000 residents without safe water to drink, fight fires or even flush toilets for the foreseeable future.