JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves requested loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Jackson’s businesses that were affected by the city’s water crisis.

Reeves asked that the SBA implement a Small Business Administrative Declaration, which would provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses in Hinds County.

Hinds County businesses experienced economic losses due to total or near total loss of water pressure following the Pearl River flooding in August. As a substitute for running water, businesses were forced to purchase more bottled water, canned drinks, paper goods and bagged ice for their customers.

He said a survey showed that at least five small businesses in the area had suffered substantial economic injury due to the disaster.

“Jackson businesses have been hit incredibly hard by the ongoing water crisis. They have shown their resilience and their commitment to this city throughout the years, and my administration will continue to do everything it can to support them during this difficult time,” said Reeves.

The City of Jackson released the following statement about the governor’s request.

The City of Jackson and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba would like to express our gratitude to Gov. Tate Reeves for heeding our request to ask the U.S. Small Business Administration for assistance to businesses affected by the water crisis. We are well aware of the economic hardship the water crisis and lengthy boiled water notice has caused our businesses – restaurants in particular, and we remain committed to pursuing all possible avenues to alleviate that hardship. 

We appreciate the Governor’s request to the SBA to implement a Small Business Administrative Declaration for Hinds County. Any relief in the form of a SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan would provide these businesses and non-profits the means to recover from financial instability related to the water crisis, which we requested on Sept. 5.  

We look forward to a continued partnership as we work together for the betterment of the residents of Jackson. The State of Mississippi has been an extraordinary partner in our response efforts, for which the City of Jackson is grateful. We hope to continue to work towards the same ends. 

City of Jackson