Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis brings to light long-standing problems in city

March 2, 2021

After more than two weeks without clean running water, Katasha Johnson saw a slow trickle dribbling down a faucet in her home on the west side of Jackson, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

But the brown drip didn’t feel like a reprieve for Johnson, 38, who lost water after back-to-back winter storms slammed the city and its century-old water infrastructure last month.

“It’s not enough to do anything with, and it doesn’t even look safe,” said Johnson, the mother of children ages 9, 6 and 3.

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