Sunday, December 04, 2022

How is it possible that a US city has run out of drinking water?

us Army Delivered more than a million bottles of water to thousands of families this weekend jacksona city of Mississippi State in which thousands of people were left without supplies Drinking Water,

estimated to be affected 200,000 persons, The problem began five days ago, when a series of floods disabled the water treatment plant.

The officers allege that the work of restoring the supply advance as a holiday labour dayWhich happens this Monday.

The population, for its part, is seeking a solution to the raging heat wave affecting the region. Bathing, flushing the toilet or taking a shower is a big problem for them.

“It’s been terrible without water,” Shirley Barnes told the BBC as she queued for more bottles on Friday.

“Trying to do your normal routine, it’s been the hardest thing. Trying to boil water. Washing face, showering, cooking. It’s like living in the cave days.”

“I never thought I’d be in this position, but here we are,” he said.

Volunteers like Debbie Upchurch have joined in National Guard To distribute water among citizens living in Jackson.

His daughter, who is a teacher in the community, has not been able to teach in person this week and has instead offered her courses online.

“Right now they can’t meet for class because there’s no water to cook or [para] bathroom,” she said. “Sometimes it’s the only meal students have for breakfast and lunch at school.”

ongoing problem

Mississippi National Guard lieutenant Roman Ramirez told the BBC he had 44 soldiers in his squad who had delivered about 80,000 bottles as of Friday afternoon.

“There is a lot of emotion among the citizens here, but our job is just to show and help where we can, to give as much water as we can,” he said.

Jackson resident Ryan Bell lives across from the state fairgrounds, where Distributes bottled water.

“Everyone is going through this crisis, everyone in the city of Jackson, we are all in this together,” he said.

Even before the floods, which caused supply problems, some residents of this largely black city did not have reliable access to tap water.

“It’s been an ongoing problem,” said Bell, who runs a local construction company.

“We have an aging infrastructure a very old city, We really want help, support, understanding and prayers for the people of Jackson.”

It is not known how long this will last

President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency over the crisis in the southern city.

Currently, some residents do not have enough water pressure to flush toilets and have to use portable toilets located throughout the city.

Meanwhile, long queues have formed outside water distribution centers as the temperature rises above 32C.

Jackson’s mayor said Friday that there had been “progress” in repairs to the plant, but did not yet have a timetable for how long the problems would last.

Water pressure has been restored to homes and businesses near the treatment plant, but further buildings still have weak or no water pressure.

As water pressure rises, officials have warned that it could cause Pipes burst across the city,

environmental racism

“We have an old water treatment facility that no one has thought about for years,” says Professor Edmund Merem, a specialist in urban planning and environmental studies at Jackson State University.

Professor Merem also believes there is another factor that has diverted attention and funding from Jackson’s dilapidated water infrastructure: racism.

Experts and activists say what’s happening in cities like Jackson and Flint, Michigan, where water supplies contaminated with leadThere is a direct legacy of generations of discrimination and racial segregation.

“It’s an enviable position that has taken decades to build,” says Ariel King, an attorney and environmental advocate.

“I think the history of racial segregation and red lines in this country has contributed deeply to the environmental injustice we are seeing now.”

The lawyer says the so-called practice of “redlining” began in the 1940s, when the government refused mortgages and loans to black people because they were considered “too risky”.

The program lasted more than 40 years, and as a result, King says, predominantly black and low-income communities were concentrated in areas with polluting industries such as landfills, oil refineries and waste water treatment plants.

And those areas, he notes, still exist.

She talks about areas of the country like the so-called Cancer Alley. Once home to the vast plantations of Louisiana, the area along the Mississippi River is now the industrial backbone of more than 150 oil refineries.

For decades, mainly black residents have suffered from the highest cancer rates in the country due to pollution.

King says the legacy of such environmental racism, along with decades of low investment in low-income areas, is playing out in Jackson.

“You could say that there are various factors that lead to FloodsBut people would not be subject to areas that are most susceptible to flooding without a red line in the first place,” he says.

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