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Public Service Commission seeks answers for Delta families living without running water since July

According to a spokesperson, Brandon Presley, Mississippi Public Service Commission for the Northern District, reached to Mississippi Today to ask how to reach six families without running water. Also, how the agency could help. The Public Service Commission, the state’s governmental agency, oversees electricity, gas, water, and sewer utilities. Officials claimed they learned of the situation of the residents after reading Mississippi Today’s coverage about the six families, who live in the countryside of Schlater and have been without water for several months due to broken water pumps. The Delta News, a Greenville-based television station reported on Minerva Clemon’s plight. She spoke out about her and other families’ struggles. People from Mississippi, Alabama, and other states contributed water to the families following the Delta News report. Clemon told Mississippi Today that she was grateful for the water donations. Clemon stated that she was grateful for as many people who wanted to help her when the well pump failed in July. She said that she spent more than $1,000 trying unsuccessfully to get water flowing again. Clemon also spent over $300 on water bottles to be able to bathe, cook and drink clean water. She eventually reached out to Anjuan brown, Leflore County supervisor who represented her area. Brown stated that he took immediate action after being notified about the problem and made calls to local, state, federal officials to find a long-term solution. The county provided a water tank as a temporary solution. Brown stated that county officials don’t have the funds to replace the wells or build a water line connecting to Greenwood. Estimates of costs are not available yet.