City officials react to Hillary Clinton statement on water - - Jackson, MS

City officials react to Hillary Clinton statement on water

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says he's excited that Hillary Clinton is bringing national attention to Jackson's water problems.

Clinton released a statement expressing concern over water sampling that revealed traces of lead in drinking water in a few Jackson homes. But city councilman Ashby Foote suggests Clinton's statement is usual. 

Mayor Tony Yarber said, "Hopefully, if the secretary is able to be successful in her attempt at the presidency, those comments that she made today will turn into policy that will be able to see funding come into the city of Jackson directly," said Mayor Yarber. "So that we can see issues like disinvestment turn around in our infrastructure."

Ashby Foote said, "Strikes me as an effort to generate a little publicity with the upcoming primary here in Mississippi," said Foote. "The SEC primary, that Mississippi will be participating in, so I think it's just another attempt to generate some publicity for a particular candidate."

Foote says testing should continue, but he thinks the lead problem will be limited to individual homes in Jackson and not the water system as a whole. 

In 2015, Mayor Yarber declared a state of emergency on Jackson's infrastructure, particularly the water system.

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