Transcript for Clean water emergency in Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi, weeks after the devastating winter storm. 100 reported water main breaks and families with no safe drinking water for weeks. Now lining up just to get water. And ABC's Victor Oquendo tonight is in Jackson. Reporter: Tonight, this is how many in Jackson, Mississippi, are getting their water. Lynn Holmes making the line for her 1-month-old. You have to go through this with a 1-month-old infant. Yes, yes. Reporter: How much tougher is that? Oh, they have to have that water. This is crazy. This is not real. I don't understand it. I really don't. Reporter: Here at this distribution site, people are coming for two types of water. You've got drinking water and then inside that tanker, nonpoetable. That's just so people can thrush their toilets. The city now on its third week under a boil water alert and just look at what was coming out of the pipes. That's what we're supposed to be boiling and drinking. Reporter: Crews working around the clock to repair 100 reported water main breaks after an historic winter storm slammed the state last month. The repairs to our infrastructure, the repairs to our aging pipes and roads are Reporter: The city's water treatment plant forced to shut down yesterday. Water pressure too low to reach every home. We just barely hanging in, though. Reporter: Who do you blame for this? The city of Jackson needs to be held responsible. Reporter: Tonight, the water pressure here in Jackson is improving, but there's still a lot of work ahead. This crew working on repairing another water main break. The mayor is asking for $47 million to repair the water system, but the public service says they need $2 billion. David? Let's hope help arrives soon. Victor. We have been reporting here on the growing attacks against
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