USA: Water Crisis In Jacksonville



You must surely know Georgia, a city renowned for its history, its contemporary culture and its tourist sites, but especially for its water supply service which is reputed to be pure and of good quality. This makes you want to go there, doesn’t it? But what about Jacksonville? A neighboring city located about 40 kilometers south of the border with Georgia. You might say that this is a city that has potentially nothing to envy to its neighbor. Being one of the largest cities in the state of Florida and the Southwestern United States. However a plague rages in this city. That of the water and it is exactly what we will see throughout this article.

I- Cut-off or simple pollution in Jacksonville

Far from being comparable to the sewage service in Georgia, the sewage system in Jacksonville is quite old, which causes a lack of water to the 155,000 inhabitants of Mississippi, making life much more difficult. Between students having to change schools to use the toilets because of the lack of water and the lead pollution of this same water, the life of these citizens is not exactly rosy, says Cheryl Brown, principal of Wilkins school, or the teacher Priscilla Sterling who declares not to drink tap water since more than 12 years!

However, there is a temporary solution. Thanks to collectives and some associations like the 501CTHREE, which thanks to a machine, can produce perfectly clean water and distribute it for free to people in need. But is this enough? The city hall is taking measures to prevent one of the richest countries in the world from running out of water in one of its cities.

II- An isolated case or targeted city

For cases of pollution, we can easily refer to the case of  Uniontow in Pensylvania which is located at about 11 hours drive from Georgia or Flint in Michigan to Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, but also to Newark in New Jersey and even at the doors of New-York, where pollution is at a worrying level. Thanks to the help of another charity, Black Belt Citizen, drinking water in cans travels between 100 and 170 km to be redistributed to the population, it is not yet a revolution, but it helps a little bit the local community that does not always have the means to travel so far. This pollution is caused, certainly, by lead particles, but also by the factories present on the spot which do not treat the water resulting from their transformation.

III- The solutions chosen by the government

There is still a chance!

President Joe Biden, freshly elected, seems to be interested in the people for whom this problem is a real thorn in the side. Out of the 2300 billion dollars of the great infrastructure plan that was wanted by the American President, 110 billion are destined to the modernization of the water system to put an end to this water lead problem. This news is taken with joy by Cindy Lowry, president of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, which is in charge of monitoring and cleaning up water in the South, who says “this is the first time in a long time that water is finally being considered in the country. Now we’re waiting for it to pass through Congress.” While waiting for this final decision, all the inhabitants of the different cities affected by this phenomenon will have to continue to act independently thanks to the help of the different associations that have been set up.

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