Jackson city council hires law firm to potentially sue Siemens over water issues

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After two executive sessions the Jackson city council is seeking a potential lawsuit against Siemens over the capitol city’s water problems.

Jackson hired Siemens in 2012 to upgrade meters and to overhaul the water department’s computer system. The city alleges Siemens failed.

Councilman Aaron Banks said, “When somebody gets a bill $3,000 – $4,000 that’s something people just can up and afford to pay and we have to find a resolve in a way to get a solution for our citizens.”

The council turned to a Birmingham based law firm to potentially enter into litigation with Siemens.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said, “All I can say is that we submitted to the citizens that we will investigate this contract and we’re doing that and we hired a firm today and that’s all we can say other than that it’s a legal matter that can’t be discussed any further.”

Siemens released a statement in response to the council’s actions saying a third party review by stating,

“West Monroe partners confirmed that Siemens successfully completed its project responsibilities. The water meter system also met contract guarantees for the first year ending March 31, 2019.  In fact, total savings exceeded the guarantee by $229,490.”

In 2012, Jackson and Siemens agreed to a $91 million dollar contract.

City leaders in the past say the water company didn’t hold up its part of the bargain.

There is no exact timeline for when or if a lawsuit will be filed. The law firm hired will be charged to investigate the situation.

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