2022-08-31 14:36:42

"We Can't Go It Alone": Jackson Miss. Mayor Lumumba on Water Catastrophe in Majority-Black City

We get an update on the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, from Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, where more than 180,000 residents of the majority-Black city are without running water. President Biden declared a federal emergency on Tuesday. Water has been cut off since the main water treatment plant flooded amid torrential rains. Lumumba says the emergency is the result of three decades of disinvestment from the state. "We've been investing the money that we have," says Lumumba, who took office in 2017 and started alerting the state government of the challenges with the water system starting in 2018. "We can't do it alone. We don't have a billion dollars' worth of resources to make it happen."

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