DOJ Takes Legal Action Over Mississippi Capital's Drinking Water Crisis
The federal government hopes to appoint an interim third party in charge of managing the problem with Jackson's water system.
By Lydia O'Connor
Nov 29, 2022, 04:20 PM EST
In response to the drinking water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a set of legal actions Tuesday that it hopes will result in an interim third party coming in to address lingering concerns.
The court filings come a week after Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) lifted a state emergency declaration about the city’s drinking water supply, which became unsafe to drink after a storm overwhelmed the majority Black city’s already plagued water treatment system in late August and left residents without safe tap water for drinking, washing and other daily uses well into September.