The capital of Mississippi still without running water

The capital of Mississippi still without running water

Citizens of Jackson must obtain drinking water from cisterns due to a major outage affecting the city's water treatment plant.

The 150,000 residents of Mississippi's capital, Jackson, mostly African-Americans, were still without drinking water on Thursday. City officials have asked those who still have a water supply to shower with their mouths closed.

This southern U.S. city, including 80 % of the population is black and where the poverty rate is high, has been experiencing a severe water crisis for years.

Since the beginning of the week, she has been in an emergency situation. Flooding has disrupted the operation of an essential, and already aging, water treatment plant. x27;flow, or brown water. They are forced to line up to collect bottles of water.

It's like living a nightmare, said Erin Washington, a student at the x27;Jackson State University on CNN.

And what remains of running water should not be drunk, authorities have warned.

In the shower, make sure that your mouth isn't open because, again, this water shouldn't be swallowed, Jim Craig of Mississippi health officials said Wednesday.

City authorities noted an improvement on Thursday, with some neighborhoods beginning to regain pressure. The water treatment plant made significant progress overnight and this morning, the town hall said.

A pump, rented urgently, was installed there on Wednesday .

Problems remain to be resolved in the coming days, but the outlook is progressing today, welcomed the town hall.

But daily life is turned upside down. Schools have had to switch to distance learning, and businesses are paying a heavy price.

Hotels and restaurants, already on a tightrope, either can't open or have to adapt, buying ice, water or sodas, Jeff Rent, chairman of the House of Commons, told CNN. business in Jackson.

People are at their wits end, Sarah Friedler, manager of Brent's Drugs restaurant, told local newspaper Clarion Ledger.

They choose not to eat at Jackson. They simply go elsewhere, so as not to have to worry about this problem, she regretted.

The situation suffered by the inhabitants of Jackson recalls one of the worst health scandals in American history, that of the contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, during the past decade.

In this industrial city, a change of drinking water supply source, decided as a cost-saving measure, had permanently poisoned the network, exposing the inhabitants to lead poisoning.

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