Published 8:52 PM EDT, Thu September 1, 2022
A water shortage in Jackson, Mississippi, has upended life in the capital city.
Little to no water has been flowing from faucets since the failure of a water treatment plant plagued by decades of deferred maintenance. Authorities have been scrambling to get the plant back online.
Schools have been shuttered, businesses have been forced to adapt, and people have had to wait in long lines for bottled water that they can use to drink, cook or brush their teeth.
A rental pump installed Wednesday at the plant will help add 4 million more gallons of water a day into the system, authorities believe. The state also contracted with outside operators to begin work on critical emergency repairs.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Wednesday he was optimistic that water service could be restored this week. But he added that "there is a huge mountain to climb in order to achieve that."
Here are some of the stories that made headlines over the past week, as well as some photos that caught our eye.