A Jackson resident carries water to his car on Harrow Drive in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Credit: Eric Shelton/Mississippi Today

UPDATE: Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday announced water distribution at seven sites in Jackson. This post was last updated Sept. 13.

These sites will open at noon on Thursday, September 1, 2022, until 6:30 p.m.
Each POD will be open for water pick-up daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until further notice.

The seven state distribution sites will offer bottled water, bulk non-potable water, and hand sanitizer to those impacted by the recent water crisis. Water distribution will also continue at city fire stations.

The seven points-of-distribution sites are:

State Fairgrounds
1207 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS

Metro Center Mall
3645 Highway 80
Jackson, MS
 
Smith Wills Stadium
1200 Lakeland Dr
Jackson, MS

Davis Road Park
2300 Davis Road
Terry, MS 39170

Affected residents are asked to bring sealable containers to collect non-potable water for sanitation needs such as washing clothes, flushing toilets, personal hygiene, etc.

MEMA announced it was closing the following sites on Monday, Sept. 5:
 

Thomas Cardozo Middle School
3180 McDowell RD Ext
Jackson, MS
  
Northwest Jackson Middle School
7020 Highway 49
Jackson, MS

Hinds Community College Jackson
3925 Sunset Drive
Jackson, MS

The Mississippi National Guard has deployed approximately 600 MSNG service members to work these distribution sites. Maj. General Janson D. Boyles, The Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard, says, “The Mississippi National Guard is dedicated to providing expedient support to our neighbors, family, and friends impacted by the ongoing water crisis.  In coordination with the Governor’s Office, our interagency partners, and civil authorities, we are allocating personnel and vital resources to ensure the critical needs of our citizens are met. We are here to serve.”

One of the seven points of distribution sites is the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, operated by Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. Gipson says, “We are proud to be able to assist the people of Jackson during this time of crisis, and we appreciate the efforts of Gov. Reeves, MEMA, the National Guard, and so many other agencies who are all pulling the same direction to help get water to those in need.  For decades, the Mississippi State Fairgrounds has served as an emergency response center. We are ready to continue our efforts as we support the State’s emergency response team.”

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s Call Center is OPEN for residents affected by the Jackson Water Crisis. This call center will be a place for residents to turn to get information on resources available. The Call Center will be open for business starting today, September 1, 2022.

The call center number is: 1-833-591-6362

Water, meals-ready-to-eat available Friday

Thirty-eight thousand bottles of water and 4,000 Meals-Ready-to-Eat, (MRE’s), will be given away from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Friday, September 2, 2022, at the Vergie P. Middleton Community Center, 3971 North Flag Chapel Road in Presidential Hills.

State Sen. John Horhn, with assistance from Humana, District 67 state Rep. Earle S. Banks and Ward 2 Jackson City Councilwoman Angelique Lee, arranged the giveaway. Horhn asks that Flag Chapel Road be accessed from Northside Drive.

“We are very grateful for Humana’s willingness to step up to the plate to help out our citizens in this moment of crisis,” Horhn said.

The Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition has made some updates to its water distribution sites. Please see below for the updated information:

Tuesday, Sept 6 @5pm 

South Jackson

– Sykes Community Center, 520 Sykes Rd.

– Oak Forest Community Center, 2827 Oak Forest Dr.

West Jackson

– Westland Plaza Parking Lot

– IAJE Community Center, 406 W Fortification St.

North Jackson

– Grove Park Community Center, 4126, Parkway Ave.

– Northtown Pharmacy, 6220 Old Canton Rd.

Wednesday, Sept 7 @5pm 

South Jackson

– Oak Forest Community Center, 2827 Oak Forest Dr.

West Jackson

– Westland Plaza Parking Lot

Thursday, Sept 8 @5pm 

South Jackson

– Oak Forest Community Center, 2827 Oak Forest Dr.

West Jackson

– Westland Plaza Parking Lot, 915 Ellis Ave.

North Jackson

– Grove Park Community Center, 4126, Parkway Ave.

Friday, Sept 9 @5pm 

South Jackson

– Oak Forest Community Center, 2827 Oak Forest Dr.

West Jackson

– Westland Plaza Parking Lot, 915 Ellis Ave.

North Jackson

– Northtown Pharmacy, 6220 Old Canton Rd.

Saturday, Sept. 10 @11am

South Jackson

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  • Sykes Community Center, 520
  •  Sykes Rd.
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West Jackson

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  • IAJE Community Center, 406
  •  W Fortification St.
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Sunday, Sept 11 @3pm

– MS Move Across from Tougaloo College 

To volunteer, email rapidresponse@peoplesadvocacyinstitute.com

If you need water delivered, please call the City’s Info Line 311 or 601-960-1835 and leave a message with your name, address and telephone number. 

Sign up for text alerts on the water crisis

Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition is a coalition of community organizations with a mission to provide rapid relief to communities in crisis in Mississippi.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has also partnered with the City of Jackson to provide water to the Jackson community at Hawkins Field Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Sept. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 558 W. Ramp St.

Non-potable water, for cleaning, flushing:

The City of Jackson has brought in tankers to distribute non-potable water to residents in need. Residents are asked to bring a container – such as a garbage can or cooler – to store the water. The tankers are located at Forest Hill High School at 2607 Raymond Road and at the MetroCenter at 3645 Highway 80

Non-potable water is not of drinking quality, but may still be used for other purposes, such as flushing toilets, washing clothes and cleaning. 

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Geoff Pender serves as senior political reporter, working closely with Mississippi Today leadership on editorial strategy and investigations. Pender brings 30 years of political and government reporting experience to Mississippi Today. He was political and investigative editor at the Clarion Ledger, where he also penned a popular political column. He previously served as an investigative reporter and political editor at the Sun Herald, where he was a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Hurricane Katrina coverage. Originally from Florence, Mississippi, Pender is a journalism graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has received numerous awards throughout his career for reporting, columns and freedom of information efforts.