Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves formally asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency for the State of Mississippi in a letter Tuesday night as Jackson residents continued to deal without access to safe, running water in the capital city.
For the second day in a roll, the breakdown in operations at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Center in Jackson, Miss., has caused water pressure reduction throughout the capital city, disrupting activities as the city and state declared a state of emergency.
Only days before the effective collapse of Jackson’s water system, the Environmental Protection Agency highlighted a critical failure on the part of the capital city’s leaders in pursuing new water operations staff and in implementing an alternative water plan.
Christine Dickason and Kaitlyn Barton submitted a response to State Auditor Shad White’s report, “Dads Matter: The Taxpayer Cost of Fatherlessness,” writing that the report is misinforming and misleading and that it “pulls our attention away from systemic issues plaguing the state.”