The drinking water system in Jackson — Mississippi’s largest city home to more than 160,000 residents — is failing, and officials cannot say when reliable water service will be restored.
At a press conference Monday night, Gov. Tate Reeves announced he would sign an emergency declaration for the capital city’s water system and create an “incident command center” to distribute water to the city’s residents beginning Tuesday morning.
The announcement comes after the Pearl River flooding caused some businesses and schools to close Monday and prompting some leaders to call for the state to take action.
Jackson Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state, announced Monday night that it would switch to virtual learning due to water shortages.
Officials cautioned Jackson residents to boil their water and not consume it, or even use it to brush their teeth.
This story will be updated.
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