Jackson water problems delay move-in dates for JSU residence halls
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Ongoing water problems in Mississippi’s capital city are now affecting the new school year at Jackson State University.
Move-in day for students is being pushed back, due to low water pressure, especially on the upper floors of residence halls.
First-year and transfer students will have to wait until Aug. 18-19 to move in to dorms, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Returning students can move Aug. 20. Fall semester classes start Monday, Aug. 22.
The state Health Department put Jackson under a boil-water notice in late July because of high levels of cloudiness in the water supply. The city has had recurring problems with its water and sewer system in recent years because of aging pipes and equipment.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Monday the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant, which serves the Jackson area, is “under a perpetual state of emergency.” He said parts of Jackson were having water pressure problems because two pumps malfunctioned at the plant.
Lumumba said his office is working to address the issue through routine meetings with the state Health Department and federal officials at the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Census Bureau says Jackson’s population is about 150,000, a decrease from about 173,500 in 2010.
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