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Nearly 13% of Mississippians do not have public water service, mostly in rural areas. In some urban areas such as the capital city of Jackson, water and sewerage infrastructure is antiquated and collapsing, affecting thousands more.
Mississippi is receiving billions of federal pandemic stimulus dollars that could be used for water and sewer infrastructure — including $1.8 billion going to the state Legislature and $900 million to city and county governments. Some leaders believe that water should be a focus of that federal spending.
READ MORE: Should safe drinking water be a priority for Mississippi’s federal stimulus spending?
Below is a map of where Mississippians rely on private wells for water.
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by Alex Rozier, Mississippi Today
November 18, 2021
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Alex Rozier, a native of New York City, is Mississippi Today’s data reporter. He analyzes data and creates visuals that further inform our reporting. He also reports on the environment, transportation and Mississippi culture and is a member of the engagement team. Alex, whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Open Secrets, has a bachelor’s in journalism from Boston University.
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