JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba hosted his weekly news conference on Monday, January 24 to provide an update on the low water pressure in South Jackson. Neighbors said they’re upset about the lack of water.

City Engineer Dr. Charles Williams said he expects crews to restore services this week. He added that freezing temperatures last week caused multiple pipes to break.

For affected neighbors, it’s an issue they said they’ve dealt with for far too long.

“It’s stupid to me. We have been going on with this for several years now. Why can’t we pull it together and get this situation straightened out? I know we’re low on money, but I know the governor can make a phone call and the money will be here. Right is right and wrong is wrong,” said South Jackson neighbor Gean Tucker-Johnson.

As a result of the low water pressure, four Jackson Public Schools held classes virtually. It’s unclear if students will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday.

Officials said a bottled water distribution event started at 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Food Depot at the intersection of Raymond and McDowell Roads. The distribution will continue until supplies run out.