JACKSON, Mississippi (WAPT) — A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court Monday seeking $5 million in damages related to Jackson’s ongoing water crisis.

The lawsuit alleges the city of Jackson’s water supply has been neglected for decades, culminating in its complete shutdown in August 2022. Before the water supply failure, the lawsuit states Jackson’s water was not fit for human consumption due to high levels of lead and other contaminants.

The plaintiffs claim they were poisoned by lead and other contaminants in Jackson’s drinking water.

The lawsuit names the city of Jackson, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, former mayor Tony Yarber, former public works directors Kishia Powell, Robert Miller and Jerriot Smash; Siemens Corporation, Siemens Industry, Inc., and Trilogy Engineering Services LLC as defendants.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Priscilla Sterling, Raine Becker, Shawn Miller, and John Bennett, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated.

According to the Mayor’s office, “due to pending litigation we have no comment” on the lawsuit filed pertaining to Jackson Water.

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