March 25, 2021

Policy Experts Explore Jackson Water Solutions, Highlight Void in Federal Aid

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

A historic freeze in February left at least 40,000 people in Jackson, Miss., without running water for weeks, displaying the fragility of the city's water system after decades of outmigration, deferred maintenance, and declining federal support. City officials are asking for state and federal support to help raise the $1 billion they say is needed to fix the system, Mississippi Today reports.

Martin Doyle, director of the Nicholas Institute's Water Policy Program, was among several national policy experts who spoke to Mississippi Today about how other American cities have navigated large-scale water funding shortages and how Jackson could move forward. The experts offered several solutions but ultimately agreed that the absence of a more involved federal government leaves few answers for Jackson.