UNIFIED COMMAND JOINT STATEMENT: Chlorine Leak O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant

Pearl, Miss– This morning, September 19, 2022, at 9:04 a.m. on-site safety personnel were notified of an alarm at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. Officials identified a chlorine leak in the chemical building. All personnel were evacuated immediately from the chemical building. That building is designed to have air scrubbers to keep chlorine from […]


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Mississippi Small Businesses Affected by the Jackson Water Crisis

WASHINGTON – Mississippi small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses, and private nonprofit organizations affected by the Jackson Water Crisis that began Aug. 30, may apply for low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced today. Administrator Guzman made the loans available in response […]


State to Begin Closing Water Distribution Sites

State to Begin Closing Water Distribution Sites Pearl, Miss.- As the city of Jackson’s boil water alert has been lifted, the State will begin closing its water distribution sites. The Mississippi State Fairgrounds site will close Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 pm. “Due to the State Fairground’s prior, scheduled commitments, we will close this site […]


SBA Approves Governor Reeves’ Request for Assistance in Response to Jackson Water Crisis

For Immediate Release Contact:  Shelby Wilcher September 14th, 2022 press@govreeves.ms.gov SBA Approves Governor Reeves’ Request for Assistance in Response to Jackson Water Crisis JACKSON, Miss. – The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Tate Reeves’ request for assistance for businesses affected by the Jackson Water Crisis. Many businesses within Hinds County, including the City of Jackson, […]


State Phasing Out Non-Potable Water Distribution

Pearl, Miss– As the water pressure in the city of Jackson continues to improve, the state is phasing out non-potable water distribution. “Residents in Jackson and Byram have seen days of continuous water pressure. We’ve seen a significant decrease in the need for non-potable water at our sites. We feel confident in phasing out some […]


Progress Made at Water Treatment Plant, Distribution Sites Transitioning

Pearl, Miss- The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will transition three water distribution sites as water pressure improves at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. The three school locations will close Monday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m., in anticipation of students returning to the classroom. “As water pressure drastically improves at the water treatment plant, we […]


State Opens Water Distribution Sites for those Impacted by the Jackson Water Crisis

JACKSON, Miss.- Governor Tate Reeves today announced that the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Mississippi National Guard, Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi Department of Public Safety, and Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, Andy Gipson, in conjunction with Hinds County and the City of Jackson are opening water distribution supersites […]


Governor Reeves Requests Emergency Federal Declaration for Water Crisis

UPDATE: President Biden approves Mississippi Emergency declaration. Read the press release here. JACKSON, Miss.  – Governor Tate Reeves has requested an Emergency Measures Declaration from President Biden for the City of Jackson water crisis. If declared, any eligible expenses paid for by the state could be eligible for federal reimbursement. Under the requested Emergency Declaration, FEMA […]


Governor Reeves Issues State of Emergency Ahead of Flooding

JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves has issued a State of Emergency in anticipation of flooding from the Pearl River. At the time of this release, the flooding is expected to crest at 36 feet on Monday, August 29th. “My administration, including MEMA, is monitoring this situation closely, and actively working to respond as quickly as possible to ongoing developments with […]