TUPELO, Miss. — A trio of indicators published by the Mississippi state Department of Health shows that its drinking water supply is improving from last year, according to Tippah 360.

The department ranks the 1,200 public water systems every year based on technical, managerial and financial capabilities and scores range from 0-5 with 5 being the best.

This year the statewide average was 4.2, which is a tenth of a point better than the previous year, noted the article.

“We have been doing this since 2008, and we take pride in the fact the water systems have definitely taken the information we give them in these capacity assessment inspections and have continued to work to improve their scores,” said Melissa Parker, the department’s director of environmental health.

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Twenty-five of the public water systems turned in a score of one or less, while one in three systems received a perfect score.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires states to perform inspections on a yearly basis.

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