Jackson, MS residents are filing a class action lawsuit over the water crisis

After months of reports of boiling water and weeks of water shortages, four Jackson, MS residents have sued the state of Mississippi.

The Clarion Ledger reports that a class action lawsuit has been brought against the state capital for years because of an ongoing water crisis.

The lawsuit seeks damages against “various government and private engineering defendants for neglect, mismanagement and maintenance failures that led to an environmental disaster that left more than 153,000 residents in the Jackson area without access to clean running water.”

Lieff Cabraser, plaintiff’s attorney, says:

All families have the right to clean and safe drinking water. Government officials who turn a blind eye to contaminated water and allow the infrastructure of a major American city to deteriorate do not represent or care about their people. This lawsuit aims 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 over 163,000 people, over 80% of whom are black, has struggled with aging infrastructure and a lack of resources to create an adequate system.

A notice about boiling water was issued a month before the city declared a water crisis emergency. reports the New York Times.

From now on, the residents of the city can use their water safely.

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Zack Zwiezen

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