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Water Crisis left the people of Jackson, Mississippi without drinkable water

Posted On 09/23/2022 By iSpring Water Systems

Heavy rainfall in the middle to end of August 2022 caused flooding along the Pearl River valley. In contrast, it was expected that the Pearl would overcome the water crisis. This avoided the anticipated widespread evacuations and significant damages to water purification. Localized flooding, however, damaged one of the water treatment plants, making it impossible to generate enough water level at the O.B. Curtis treatment facility.

A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against Jackson’s water crisis and engineering company Siemens Corp. As a result of the failure of a water treatment plant last month that left residents with water pollution. The people were without access to drinkable water because of water containment. The city hired Siemens Corp. in 2010 to install new water meters.

Many American towns still use a water purification delivery system that was installed more than a century ago, including Jackson. This was connected with a pump issue at the J.H. Fewell treatment plant.

The city's water system has been in trouble for years before the water crisis. Regulators had already issued a month-old warning to boil water before consuming it due to potential pollutants, and they had previously issued a 2015 alert about elevated lead levels.

Jackson residents had to deal with water pollution for a month. Jackson's water crisis serves as a reminder of how fragile water systems are nationwide, which will make them more susceptible to climate change in the years to come.

Water pressure in Jackson was declared to be back to normal on September 4, but officials warned that there could still be setbacks and continued to recommend boiling water until September 15. People should be able to drink water in their homes without first boiling it for the first time almost in seven weeks. The state provided 12 million bottles of water to those without access to drinking water.
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