Justice Department Reaches MS Water Agreement

A third party is being appointed to stabilize the city’s water systems.

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with Mississippi and the city of Jackson, implementing a third-party manager to oversee the recovery of the city’s drinking water after it became undrinkable due to flooding that occurred in August. This temporary solution is put in place while the state and local governments negotiate a long-term solution to fully stabilize the city’s drinking water.

After negotiations between Governor Tate Reeves and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba failed to resolve the issue, the Environmental Protection Agency opened a civil rights investigation in October regarding the handling of the water situation in Jackson. The city council has approved the third-party manager agreement, and a federal court judge is expected to sign off on it.

Governor Reeves expressed his approval of the interim order as “excellent news,“ stating, “It is now out of the city’s control, and will be overseen by a federal court.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Attorney General Merrick Garland as he heads the Justice Department.
  • For Administrator Michael Regan as he oversees the EPA.
  • For Governor Reeves and his administration as they address the issues facing the state of Mississippi.

Sources: WLBT, Reuters


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