Jackson, Mississippi. How Can a City’s Taps Run Dry?

Crews install a temporary pump at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant in Jackson, Miss. Picture from the Mississippi Governor’s office.

The taps in Jackson, Miss., are gushing water once again, to the great relief of the 150,000 residents who since August 29 have not had water to drink, bathe or cook with.

What Happened in Jackson?

Following torrential rainfall, the Pearl River reached a high-water mark and flooded the already damaged O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. The plant…
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