Jackson rejects state of emergency declaration over water

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson officials have declined to declare a state of emergency over high levels of lead discovered in Jackson’s tap water.

Local news outlets report that the Jackson City Council voted down Councilman De’Keither Stamps’ resolution on Tuesday. Stamps says the resolution called for the testing of water in more homes and it requested assistance from several federal agencies.

Jackson Public Works Director Kishia Powell says the city is not taking any action and that the city already has a team on board that can address the issue.

Deputy CAO for Public Safety Marshand Crisler says the water treatment plant is safe. The city of Jackson has repeatedly stated that the city’s water has not violated the Safe Drinking Water Act.