Residents distribute cases of water at Grove Park Community Center in Jackson, Mississippi, on September 3, 2022. - Jackson is enduring days without clean running water, with authorities urging those who still had supplies to shower with their mouths JACKSON, Miss (AP) - While its water crisis continued, students in Mississippi’s capital were able to return to class for the first time in a week Tuesday with assurances that the toilets and sinks in their buildings would finally work.Jackson remained under a boil water advisory, but the drop in water pressure that had brought the system to near collapse appeared to be resolved, officials said.Sherwin Johnson, a spokesperson for Jackson Public Schools confirmed in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday that schools had re-opened after a drop in water pressure forced a move to virtual instruction.RELATED: Mississippi water crisis: Governor declares state of emergency after flooding, treatment issuesIn a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, the school district said it had "checked water pressure at each school" and found that "nearly all are suitable" for students and staff to return.
Air conditioning systems at several schools depend on the water system to run effectively. The district said it anticipated delays in cooling buildings as temperatures reached the mid-80s on Tuesday.The couple said they saw Jackson's water crisis on the news and had to help.
Credit: James Haynes Jr. via Storyful"We are continuing to monitor and have portable fans and air conditioners to reduce temperatures in warm or hot areas.Torrential rains and flooding of the Pearl River in late August exacerbated problems at one of Jackson’s two treatment plants, leading to a drop in pressure.