January 17, 2023
Jackson, Mississippi has moved one step closer to engaging federal oversight for long-term water solutions after more than 150,000 people faced outages and weeks of unsafe drinking water during the city’s most recent water crisis.
Driving the news: The city council voted this week to approve a 12-month legal agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enable its involvement as Jackson works to build a self-sustaining water system.
What they’re saying: “It’s a cooperative agreement that will give the city an opportunity in a short amount of time to try to make sure we have clean, safe, reliable drinking water for the constituents,” City Council member Angelique C. Lee Ward told reporters after the vote.
Read more: Jackson City Council approves EPA plan for long-term water solutions