Hillary Clinton addresses Jackson’s water issues; Mayor Yarber responds

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is addressing the water issues in Jackson, Miss.

A statement released by Clinton Tuesday talked about how a few Jackson residents learned that there was elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. She said she is concerned.

Clinton released this statement:

“I was concerned to hear that tests of drinking water in Jackson, Mississippi, revealed elevated levels of lead in some homes. I’m heartened that Jackson city officials are taking the right steps to fix the problem, including repeated testing and openness with the results, so families can stay informed. As the emergency in Flint, Michigan, has made clear, cities and states must treat these situations with the utmost seriousness, and do everything in their power to ensure that families – especially children – have access to safe, clean drinking water.  And we as a nation must make urgent investments to modernize our utilities and infrastructure, to keep families and communities safe and healthy.”

Clinton’s camp said that she has been following the water crisis in Flint, Michigan as well.

Mayor Tony Yarber released this statement in response to Clinton’s comments:

“We appreciate the acknowledgment of the City’s proactive response and transparency in dealing with our water concerns. Secretary Clinton notes that this appears to be a home-dependent issue. The results are pending on the second round of testing, but we must reiterate that our City’s water system is in compliance and our drinking water is safe. We will continue to keep the public informed.

Serious concern has been expressed about the $540 billion funding gap that exists for water infrastructure in this country. That concern needs to be followed with a serious federal funding plan that invests more money in grant programs, particularly for disadvantaged communities.”

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