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Mayor Johnson to ask Washington for help fixing water problems

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mayor Harvey Johnson is expected to travel to Washington, D.C. to ask for federal funding to help upgrade the city's water infrastructure. 

Water breaks and leaks kept Jackson city crews busy making repairs for the past week. 

Residents and businesses were forced to endure without clean drinking water. 

Some of the city's water lines are more than 100 years old and many are made of brittle cast iron. 

Mayor Johnson says a meeting is scheduled with the congressional delegation. "They recognize too that our system is the largest system in the state of Mississippi and 4.7 million feet of water line in the city of Jackson and that's the largest by far the largest system in Mississippi.  We're the capital city and I think they are going to help us."

Mayor johnson is scheduled to leave Tuesday. He was already planning to be in Washington for a mayor's conference.

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