Mississippi city's water problems stem from generations of neglect. On Aug. 29, 2022, the largest water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi, failed – leaving 160,000 people, along with hospitals, fire stations and schools, without safe drinking water. In many cases, these communities had no water service at all. This year President Biden wrote that an
“initial $115 million investment” in Jackson's water infrastructure would come from funding provided by 2022's sweeping omnibus spending bill. The bill includes a total of $600 million for the city's water system, which suffered a catastrophic breakdown last year.