Mississippi Dorm Residents Among Those Without Water in Jackson Amid Crisis

Residence hall bathrooms at Jackson State University had no water as an ongoing water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, escalated early this week, according to footage posted to TikTok by Jayden Mack.

This video from Monday, August 29, shows Mack attempting to turn on taps and flush the toilet. “I can’t wash my hands, can’t flush the toilet,” Mack says in the video. Jackson State University said it was experiencing “low to no water pressure” and that water would be delivered to all residential halls.

On Monday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba declared a water system emergency due to complications from the Pearl River flooding that occurred last week. However, the aging water system has been experiencing disruptions for years, local reports said.

President Joe Biden responded to the water crisis on Tuesday, August 30, and ordered federal assistance to supplement the state’s response efforts.

Lumumba said in a press conference that Biden and Vice President Harris assured him the community would receive funding for improvements through “the infrastructure bill.”

According to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, multiple water distribution sites were set up on Thursday, September 1, to respond to the ongoing crisis.

Local news reported that a new water pump at the OB Curtis Water Plant was restoring water pressure to areas of the city as of August 31. Credit: Jayden Mack via Storyful

Video transcript

- So I can't wash my hands, boy, I can't wash my hands. Can't flush the toilet. Nope. I can't wash my hands, boy. I can't wash my hands. Can't flush the toilet. Nope. I can't wash my hands, boy. I can't wash my hands. Can't flush the toilet. Nope. I can't wash my hands, boy. I can't wash my hands. Can't flush the toilet. Nope. I can't wash my hands, boy. I can't wash my hands. Can't flush the toilet.