Jackson, Mississippi restaurant manager shares hardship of water crisis: ‘Huge ripple effects’

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As the city of Jackson, Mississippi grapples with an ongoing water crisis, many in the community say boil water advisories and shortages are nothing new.

WELL DONE! Italian restaurant manager Tanya Burns joined “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday and shared the city’s decades of problems with water and its impact on residents.

“We’ve been operating in the same location for about 28 years and that’s nothing new,” Burns told co-host Trace Gallagher. “We are desensitized at this point to boil water advisories.”

During the current shortage, which has left many of the city’s 180,000 residents without running water, restaurants like BRAVO! are forced to buy bottled water and canned sodas to stay open.


A firefighter with the Jackson, Mississippi, fire department puts crates of bottled water in a resident’s SUV, Aug. 18, 2022, as part of the city’s response to the long-standing issues of the water system.
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

However, the water shortage has caused other “ripple effects” in the community, as employees often cannot shower and restaurants have to find other methods of cleaning dishes.

“When there’s no pressure, when you can’t even get water in the building to wash dishes, that’s where you run into trouble,” Burns said.

“When people can’t shower before work and they come to a job that’s suddenly closed because you don’t have water, it creates a huge ripple effect for the whole community. “

The water shortage has had a noticeable impact on the local economy and small businesses in the area have been forced to close.

“As you may have heard, the city of Jackson is facing a water crisis”, BRAVO! published on their website. “As a result, restaurants have lost water and this is preventing us from opening and serving the public.”

FEMA announced Wednesday that federal emergency assistance has been made available to supplement state response efforts to the water crisis after President Biden has approved an emergency declaration for the state capital.

Burns calls on local authorities to take action to prevent future incidents.


“It’s not about what’s happened over the last few decades,” Burns said. “It’s about what we’re going to do moving forward.”

Fox News’ Julia Musto contributed to this report.

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