Water is a human right, but for many families in Jackson, Mississippi, regular access to clean water is out of reach.
The state currently has millions of dollars available to give to Jackson to assist with water issues that it got from the federal government. In fact, the state has at least $75 million in funds set aside for communities of color and areas that have faced problems for a lot of years. One of the federal government authorities in charge of water and environmental issues advised states to prioritize communities of color.
This crisis is manmade — and preventable. The state of Mississippi has not stepped up to ensure the basic needs of its residents are met.
- What to Know About the Jackson Water Crisis