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British paper claims Jackson cheated when testing for lead in water

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson water is in the headlines once again. This time a British paper released an article saying water testing regarding lead was cheated.

The Guardian, an online paper, released an article citing Jackson is one of 33 U.S. cities that cheated when testing for lead in water.

The article said Jackson, along with Southaven, tested water after letting it run from the faucet for a period of time, also known as pre-flushing, which removes lead levels. According to this article that method of testing is against the Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

We caught up with Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber about the allegations.

Mayor Tony Yarber said, "We are going to continue to follow the guidance of the department of health and the standards that they set. We will continue to follow their lead and any new occurrences that come up we will look to their direction."

The Mississippi State Department of Health sets the standards on how the water testing is performed. Mayor Tony Yarber said his team will continue pushing forward for a solution.

Yarber added, "In this business you have folks that are activists, you have people, whether standards are set or not, they may still have ideas about what standards should be. What we are going to do is continue to comply with the standards that are in place to the best of our ability."

The Mississippi State Department of Health denied comment.

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