Mayor Tony T. Yarber Declares State of Emergency for City of Jackson Infrastructure
Mayor Tony T. Yarber on Thursday, March 26, signed an emergency declaration for the City of Jackson’s infrastructure system.
The Mayor has met with Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, who all support the move. The city’s aged infrastructure system has been plagued by problems for decades, but it has reached a crisis point following severe winter weather.
“The city of Jackson’s drinking water quality is among the highest in state. But the issue is our failing infrastructure. I’m declaring this emergency to protect our city’s water quality,” Yarber said. “We are very serious about the quality of life we desire for residents in Jackson. With this declaration, we hope to gain access to federal funds that can expedite infrastructure repairs in this city. We have a plan to fix this.”
In recent weeks, there have been numerous water main breaks and a growing pothole problem. The water main breaks can cause extensive damage to public and private property. The breaks have the potential to lead to sewer problems and wastewater back-ups, which are obvious threats to public health.