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With acid problems, Jackson renews drinking water warnings

The mayor of Mississippi's largest city is renewing warnings about the city's drinking water, saying the city still isn't maintaining the chemical balance needed to prevent lead and copper pipes from corroding.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 9:41 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's largest city is renewing warnings about the city's drinking water, saying the city still isn't maintaining the chemical balance needed to prevent lead and copper pipes from corroding.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said at a Wednesday news conference that the city continues advising pregnant women and children younger than 5 to drink only filtered or bottled water.

Lumumba says no lead has been detected in city pipes. But when the problem was first discussed in 2016, officials warned pipes at individual homes could be corroding.

City officials say they occasionally violated acidity standards between January and June. They say they now plan to replace equipment that reduces acidity.

Lumumba says the city is sending letters explaining the problem and relaying warnings.

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