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Water problems prompt Jackson mayor to declare emergency

Declaration will help pay for repairs to city's aging infrastructure

WAPT News, UPDATED 2:15 PM CDT Mar 26, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. —Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber is declaring of state of emergency because of the city's ongoing water problems, a city spokeswoman said.

The mayor made the announcement Thursday, the day after 16 WAPT News reported that Yarber was considering the move. 

Yarber said he's been considering the declaration to speed up repairs to the city's crumbling infrastructure.

"We hope that it would give us an opportunity to access federal funds through an emergency basis. That gives us the opportunity (to) spend them and forgo regular procurement processes," Yarber said.

If they are not fixed soon, the mayor said the city's water problems could create a public health hazard.