Following the Mississippi water crisis, Virginia Evans told CNN was given a $4,000 water bill. The issue was started by the main water treatment facility in Jackson, Mississippi, failing in late August. Evans told CNN, “No one should be paying this amount when you’re not even able to utilize the water.” Subscribe to our daily newsletter to receive exclusive analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. Thank you for registering! A water crisis that left the city of Jackson, Mississippi without clean drinking water for more than a month in September, according to one lady, resulted in her being slammed with a $4,000 water bill.
Virginia Evans claims that the bill arrived on September 9 despite the water issue that has prompted her and other locals to refrain from using tap water for cooking or drinking, according to CNN .
No one should be paying this much when you can’t even use the water, Evans told CNN. “I don’t know what they need to do but they need to do something,” Evans said.
The primary water treatment facility in Jackson started to malfunction on August 30, leaving the city without enough water pressure to flush toilets and meet other urgent demands. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves immediately proclaimed a state of emergency. Boil water warnings were in effect for the city from July 29 to September 15.
Following the catastrophe, many Jacksonians have been lamenting their high water costs. Some city residents in According to NBC started experiencing issues with their water bills in 2010 when Siemens Corporation installed new water meters and a new billing system.
According to NBC, Jackson filed a lawsuit against Siemens in 2019 alleging that 10,000 of the 60,000 new water meters the company installed were malfunctioning. Siemens paid $90 million to settle the case outside of court.
When Insider contacted Siemens and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Saturday, neither one responded right away.
A representative for Jackson told CNN that the city started installing new water meters in 2021 and that the new meters were “reading accurately based on our review to date.”
According to spokeswoman Melissa Payne’s statement, “There are some unresolved software-related concerns that are causing problems for some households with new meters.” “These problems have been identified, and effort is being done to solve them.”
City councillor Kenneth Stokes urged attendees of a community gathering on October 6 to challenge their water bills if they are unusually high or if they have received cutoff notices. During the discussion, Stokes underlined that if a customer is appealing a charge, their water service cannot be cut off.
From 2017 to 2021, Mississippi Animal Rescue did not receive a water bill, according to Debra Boswell, the organization’s communication director in Jackson, who spoke to WJTV. According to WJTV, the first bill the animal shelter received in 2021 was around $19,000.
Boswell told WJTV, “We contacted, we asked for records of the bills that caused that $19,000 balance, and nothing.” I decided not to pay the bill. I skipped paying it.