In the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, thousands of Americans have no access to piped water. But “the ingenuity of the Lucians never surprises us,” writes the authors of a regional television channel.
A family in Shreveport decided to cook ice in a large pot. Then they let the water cool – and the kids in the bath.
The family posted a timeless video on Facebook. It is shared by others. ‘Snowmecodone’, it sounds.
Pipes have frozen in many places since last week’s blizzard mainly devastated the south of the United States. Elsewhere, the pipes exploded or the water was contaminated. In addition, people let the water run so it does not freeze, which is dangerous for water pressure. Half the cities have fled.
In places like Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, people had to boil their water before using it. Eight million Texans had water problems.
The shortage lasted for weeks. That led to frustration. Jackson’s mayor, Mississippi, got into a heated discussion with a council member, while Joe Biden was also urged to do something about the over-maintenance of the infrastructure.
“We have a water crisis in every corner of the United States. If we do not act, it will be a disaster,” Brenda Lawrence of the House of Representatives told The Guardian. Places are the result of poor maintenance. I want to shout from the roof and shake America: the most important thing is to live in safe, clean water – otherwise you will die. Lawrence, along with Bernie Sanders, submitted a bill in support of 500 organizations and 70 politicians.
Good news for the ice-cooking family in Shreveport: Wednesday the water returned to almost every home.
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