Ways to Help: Jackson Water Crisis

Jackson has experienced increased rain and subsequent flooding of the Pearl River, impacting the city. This flooding has exacerbated the city’s water issues, causing failures at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. The City of Jackson and State of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Department of Health, are working together under several states of emergency to address issues. On September 15, the boil water notice was lifted for the City of Jackson.

Below are ways to stay up-to-date on the water crisis and where to help support Jacksonians during as we address ongoing issues with the City of Jackson water system. This page may be updated as information becomes available. (Last updated September 28, 2022)

Where can I find official information about the Jackson water?

The Mississippi Department of Health has a page for information for those on the Jackson water system.

The City of Jackson is posting frequent updates on its Facebook page, including frequent press conference live streams and water distribution sites. You can also visit their news page for daily news updates.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has a webpage about the Jackson water crisis with daily incident command briefings.

Where can I support organizations who are helping address the water system (and long term solutions) in Jackson?

The Helping Friends and Neighbors Fund (Disaster Relief Fund) at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was created to respond to disasters in Mississippi, primarily in CFM’s coverage area of central and southwest Mississippi. It will not take the place of local relief efforts, but rather enhance disaster responses because of our community knowledge and connections, relief donations can easily adapt to current needs at hand, whether it’s food, medical supplies, shelter or something completely unforeseen. A donation to this fund will help wrap around needs related to Jackson’s water issues.

The JPS Response Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi has been established to offer financial assistance to the district and its schools for challenges caused by declared disasters, emergencies and Acts of God. This fund will help support the district address needs during this time of need.

Powered by the Good Samaritan Center and ExtraTable, the Hub for the Hungry program unites Mississippi nonprofit agencies with food distribution companies and local farmers. Current partners are KLLM Transport, Sysco Jackson, Two Dog Farms, Salad Days, and Central Mississippi Planning and Development. The Hub for the Hungry is assisting with water distribution beyond the water crisis for charitable organizations. Click below to learn more about the Hub for the Hungry.

Are there grants available to help with the effects of the crisis?

Image of a faucet with a water droplet. Leaf inside. Text reads: Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant.Are you a nonprofit that was affected by the Jackson water crisis?

The Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant is a reimbursement program for 501c3 nonprofits residing in the Jackson area who have been directly affected by the Jackson water crisis. Grants will reimburse expenses related to the water crisis, which began July 29, 2022, for increased demand for, or increased supply of drinkable water. Expenses should be unplanned, un-budgeted expenses (related to water needs) related to charitable service by nonprofits from July 29 – September 15, 2022. Reimbursements may range from $200-$2,000.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Awards will be announced in early November.

Learn more about the grant.

Visit Jackson has launched the Tourism Water Crisis Sustainability Grant program for Jackson lodging, restaurant, and museums/attraction industry sector partners. All qualified partners must prepare food on site and provide documentation regarding their participation in collecting and remittance of the 1% tourism tax that funds Visit Jackson and its tourism promotion efforts. This grant program is a reimbursement program for Jackson lodging, restaurant, and museums/attraction industry sector partners. The application window opens Wednesday, September 8, and closes Friday, September 30, 2022.

The Tourism Water Crisis Sustainability Grant Program has been established with three categories:

  • Small Industry Sector Partners: 50 seats or less
  • Medium Industry Sector Partners: Between 51-200 restaurant seats
  • Large Industry Sector Partners: More than 200 restaurant seats

Partners that execute only carry-out food service could also qualify; hence, their applications will be examined case-by-case.

Small Industry Sectors Partners may qualify for reimbursement for water, soft drinks, or ice expenditures up to $500. Medium Industry Sector Partners may qualify for expenditures up to $1,000. Large Industry Sector Partners may qualify for expenditure up to $2,000.

Learn more about the grant.

The National AIDS Memorial and Southern AIDS Coalition has announced the creation of a $100,000 relief fund, through the generosity of Gilead Sciences, to provide funding to support community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in the Jackson area impacted by the ongoing infrastructural water crisis. The funds will provide critical resources to help constituents who have been affected and, are need care and services.

This funding opportunity, supported through a $100,000 grant from the National AIDS Memorial in partnership with Southern AIDS Coalition and Gilead Sciences, will provide organizations in Mississippi with rapid response funds ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to support immediate needs of communities impacted by the Jackson water crisis. Funding will support community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in their efforts to serve constituents impacted by the current water crisis.

Learn more about the grant.

Information is subject to change. Know of other ways to support the City of Jackson? Send us an email at communications@formississippi.org.