Not a Drop to Drink
The water’s finally running again in Jackson, Miss. — but for now, it’s still undrinkable. We’re taking a closer look at the disaster, and why the problem runs deeper than the pipes.
The situation: Flooding late last month overwhelmed the city’s main water treatment plant, leaving 160,000 residents without safe running water. Some households didn’t have any at all, while in others, brown water flowed from faucets. Water pressure has now been restored, but people are still being advised to boil their water before consumption.
A longstanding issue: Jackson’s water treatment system has been neglected for decades, and this isn’t the first time its residents have been without safe water. It's not the only city to face this kind of emergency — a number of predominantly Black cities across the country have suffered grievously due to crumbling infrastructure.
We’ve got more on what it will take to fix a crisis years in the making, and how you can help.
Never forget: President Biden laid a wreath at the Pentagon yesterday to mark 21 years since the devastating 9/11 attacks. Paying tribute to the "extraordinary Americans" who gave their lives, he reaffirmed the commitment to pursue those responsible. In an interview that aired the same day, Vice President Kamala Harris shared her thoughts on the threats facing America now, and how vital bipartisan cooperation is in order to conquer them.
Critical gains: The last week has seen an incredible turnaround in Ukraine's fortunes as the country continues to resist Russia's invasion. Ukraine's army has recaptured well over a thousand square miles of territory, and villages within a few miles of the Russian border are flying the nation's flag. Meanwhile, Russia's shoddy resistance has fueled intense criticism even among loyal supporters.
Across the pond: King Charles III made his first visit to Parliament as monarch this morning. He'll now travel to Edinburgh, where he'll lead a procession behind his late mother's coffin along the Royal Mile. In less official news, the Queen's famous corgis will go to the Duke and Duchess of York, Andrew and Sarah, who though divorced, live in the same lodge on the Windsor estate.
Smashing the record: Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open to become the youngest world No. 1 in men's tennis history. The 19-year-old bumped fists with fans as he headed to the court to face Norway's Casper Ruud, who he beat 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3. "This is something that I dreamed of since I was a kid," he told ESPN — prompting some of us to ponder when exactly he stopped being a kid...
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