Water Crisis in Jackson, Mississippi

Posted On: August 31, 2022

Chris Shirley & Ebony Hall
UPDATED September 6, 2022

As the water crisis continues, local agencies in Jackson are offering resources to residents, including free showers.

The State of Mississippi has several water distribution sites available to impacted residents. Drinking and Non-potable water is available.

  • Smith-Wills Stadium – 1200 Lakewood Drive
  • MetroCenter Mall – 3645 Highway 80
  • Mississippi State Fairgrounds – 1207 Mississippi Street (Drinking Water Only)
  • Davis Road Park – 2300 Davis Road Terry, MS 39170

State water distribution sites will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. daily.

The Salvation Army has also mobilized to distribute water at its headquarters. The social service agency joins several other groups in helping residents. Added sites for Thursday, September 1, and Friday, September 2, are below:

  • The Salvation Army – 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 570 E. Beasley Rd. in Jackson
  • 4th Avenue – 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 209 Lamar St. in Jackson
  • Cooperation Jackson – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Ida B. Wells Plaza (1128 W. Capitol St.)
  • Dent AC, Heating & Plumbing – 250 Highpoint Dr. in Ridgeland
    • Thursday, Sept. 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Friday, Sept. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 for veterans

Please click here to see the original distribution sites listed below.

August 31, 2022

The flooding crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, is causing schools and local governments to shift their weekly plans as residents remain unable to drink fresh water. Heavy rain has compromised the city’s main water treatment facility, leaving more than 160,000 residents without access to one of their most basic needs, clean water. The City of Jackson has subsequently issued a boil water order as a “precautionary measure” during the emergency. 

As of August 30, 2022, the city stressed the notice does not mean the water is unsafe, “but it does mean you must take precaution and boil your water before use.” The Governor’s office is also warning against drinking the water, emphasizing that some of it is “raw water being pushed through the pipes.” Updates on the boil water notice can be found on the City of Jackson’s website, and residents will be alerted as soon as the advisory is lifted. 

On Tuesday (8.30), President Biden approved a Federal Emergency Declaration in response to the water crisis, authorizing FEMA to begin coordinating relief efforts in Jackson.

Water crisis

What to Share with Your Residents

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency urges residents to boil any tap water used to cook. Residents should bring water to a full rolling boil for one minute to disinfect it for use. The agency also shared the following safety reminders as the water crisis continues:

  • DO NOT drink water from the tap.
  • DO NOT give tap water to pets.
  • DO NO use ice made from tap water.
  • Wash dishes, fruits, and vegetables in boiled, disinfected water or bottled water.
  • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water.

Note: Water used for laundry does not need to be boiled. Navigate is providing a full list of reminders and safety tips in the infographic below.

How you can donate water

Water Crisis: Where to find Bottled Water

As you might imagine, cases of bottled water are in high demand across Central Mississippi. Jackson residents can find clean water at several sites across the city. We are including a list of distribution sites provided by the City of Jackson in the following infographic. You may download the document by following this link. We will update the information periodically, so please check back regularly for any changes. We encourage you to print this document and post it in your community during the water crisis.

5 p.m. Monday – Friday

South Jackson

  • Sykes Community Center, 520 Sykes Rd.
  • Oak Forest Community Center, 2827 Oak Forest Dr.

West Jackson

  • Westland Plaza Parking Lot
  • IAJE Community Center, 406 W. Fortification St. 

North Jackson

  • Grove Park Community Center, 4126 Parkway Ave.

11 a.m. Saturdays

  • Grove Park  
  • Sykes Community Center 

1 p.m. Sundays

  • Grove Park 
  • Sykes Community Center 
  • MS Move Across from Tougaloo College  (3 – 7 p.m.)

Non-Potable Water Distribution

The City of Jackson has also stationed tankers to distribute non-potable water to residents. City leaders ask that you bring a container (garbage can, cooler, etc.) to store the water. The tankers are located at Forest Hill High School at 2607 Raymond Road and at the MetroCenter at 3645 Highway 80. 

As a reminder, non-potable water “is not of drinking quality.” You can still use it for other purposes, such as flushing toilets, washing clothes, and cleaning. 

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Jackson, Mississippi Water Infographic
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