Biden discusses the water situation with the mayor of Jackson.

By Shagun Singh

On Wednesday, President Biden spoke by phone with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson,  on the state's capital's emergency water crisis response efforts.

The president expressed his determination to provide federal support and emergency response efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the aide.

The city won't have enough running water "to consistently flush toilets, fight fires, and satisfy other basic needs" until the issue is repaired, the governor of Mississippi, warned on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, it was estimated that more than 150,000 people lacked access to clean drinking water. City officials are working to give bottled water to residents who have lost access to water.

Late on Tuesday, Biden signed an emergency declaration allowing FEMA to send equipment and resources to the area and releasing federal resources to support the state's emergency response.

White House officials were closely watching the flooding, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters on Tuesday.

The EPA is cooperating with industry partners to accelerate the supply of vital treatment equipment for emergency repairs at the city of Jackson water treatment facilities, Jean-Pierre stated from Air Force One.