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Our water is our future.

Clean water is a basic human right, and access to clean water ensures our city–including every child and family in every neighborhood–will thrive for generations.

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Our Shared Vision

JXN WTR aims to provide accurate and reliable information about what is happening with the Jackson water system, where Jackson residents can access clean water, and the long-term implications of current and future work on the water system.

We are here to support and sustain a shared vision by connecting people with possibilities that contribute to immediate and ongoing solutions. By working together, we hope Jacksonians can build confidence and trust in the water system.

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JXN WTR Updates

People’s Advocacy Institute
Providing bottled water to residents in need
(601) 885-3240
info@peoplesadvocacyinstitute.com

Mississippi Urban League
Providing bottled water by appointment
(601) 987-6783
info@msul.org

Congress Includes $600M for Jackson Water System in Omnibus Bill

Congressman Bennie Thompson and Senator Roger Wicker announced that the congressional year-end funding bill will include $600 million in federal funds to address current issues with the water system and rebuild parts of the drinking water system.

The funding includes $150 million for technical assistance and $450 million for capital projects. The Senate is nearing an agreement on the funding bill according to comments from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Read more here.

Ted Henefin Appointed to Manage Water System

The U.S. Department of Justice has appointed Ted Henifin to lead the third-party management team tasked with overseeing the city’s drinking water rehabilitation over the next year. According to the Department of Justice, Mr. Hennefin will have the authority to:

  • Operate and maintain Jackson’s public drinking water system in compliance with SDWA, the Mississippi Safe Drinking Water Act, and related regulations;
  • Take charge of the Water Sewer Business Administration, the arm of the city responsible for billing water users;
  • Implement capital improvements to the city’s public drinking water system, in particular, a set of priority projects meant to improve the system’s near-term stability, including a winterization project meant to make the system less vulnerable to winter storms; and
  • Correct conditions within the city’s public drinking water system that present, or may present, an imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of the city’s residents.

Read more here.

City Identifies $100M in Federal Funds for Wastewater Infrastructure

The City of Jackson has identified $100 million in federal funding that will be immediately available to advance efforts to repair, upgrade, and modernize the city’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, including:

  • $5 million that was provided earlier this year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through the Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act (IIJA).
  • $20 million in supplemental appropriations in Congress’ Continuing Resolution on September 30 secured by Congressman Bennie Thompson and Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith
  • $4M in State and Tribal Assistance Grants through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • $71 million in funding applied for under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and match funding through the Mississippi Municipality & County Water Infrastructure Grant Program (MCWI)
  • Up to $50 million from the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant offered through FEMA for undertaking hazard mitigation projects that will reduce the risks faced from disasters and natural hazards.

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Water keeps our children and our communities safe and healthy, and is the foundation for growth and opportunity. If you want to do your part in ensuring Jackson residents have access to clean water, please connect with us today.

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