Electricity has returned, but residents of Jackson, Mississippi, are still without water after winter storms last month.
Thousands of residents of the city of Jackson, Mississippi, have been without running water since last month, when a freezing winter storm crippled the city’s main water plant and broke pipes that were frozen.
The February 15 ice storm trapped many residents in their homes and made roads impassable in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi and its largest city.
Days later, another winter storm hit the state, causing the loss of electricity for thousands of residents of central Mississippi. Local media reported that at least six people died.
The weather has warmed since then and the power has returned. But many Jackson residents remain without running water, forcing them to purchase bottled water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.
But bottled water is becoming scarce, as locals rush to stock up. Local media reported that charities and organizations stepped in to provide water to help elderly and vulnerable residents.
Officials did not say how many residents are completely without running water, adding that some homes have a net sticking out of their pipes, according to local media. These residents were ordered to boil their water before drinking it and to conserve water as much as possible.
City officials said they were working to restore the city’s water supply systems.
“We are doing everything in our power to try to restore water to all of our residents,” Charles Williams, Jackson’s public works manager, said Monday at a press conference.
Local media reported that the higher areas of the city were the most affected. But authorities have not provided a date when residents can expect to have running water again.
“We are trying to get a definitive timeline as to when water will be restored for all of our citizens,” he said. “We know some have been restored and we’re happy for it, but we are still very concerned about our residents who are in South Jackson.”
Jackson’s mayor, Chokwe Antar Lumumba, said the city was working on water restoration, but it was a difficult process that took more time.
“What it takes to see the solution we are asking for – time is what it takes,” Lumumba said, according to local reports. “Our system was never designed to be shut down like this. When our system’s water production is depleted at this level, it takes time. “