After months of boil water notices and weeks of no water, four Jackson, MS residents have sued the state of Mississippi.
Jackson MS is in ruins. There’s no water. Schools cancelled. The state EBT fell yesterday. It’s hot!!! And our mayor thinks it’s Drake… somebody come get us.
– owtside ❗️ (@nettesweets) August 30, 2022
The Clarion Ledger reports that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the state capitol for years of an ongoing water crisis.
The suit seeks damages against “several government and private engineering defendants for the negligence, mismanagement, and maintenance failures that led to an environmental catastrophe that left more than 153,000 Jackson-area residents.” no access to safe running water.”
Lieff Cabraser, attorney for the plaintiff, says:
All families have the right to clean and safe drinking water. Government officials turning a blind eye to contaminated water and allowing the infrastructure of a major American city to collapse and deteriorate does not represent or care about its people. This lawsuit seeks to bring justice, and safe, clean water, to the Jackson community.
As previously reported, more than 150,000 Jackson residents were without water for weeks in August.
For years, the city of more than 163,000 people, more than 80% of whom are black, has grappled with aging infrastructure and a lack of resources to produce an adequate system.
A boil water advisory was issued a month before the city declared a water crisis emergency, reports the New York Times.
From now on, city residents can safely use their water.