Lead and Jackson Water: Recommendations for Homeowners, Schools and Facilities
Some homes in the Jackson area have previously shown elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. The City of Jackson has an ongoing project to address the cause.
The Mississippi State Department of Health follows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements by coordinating routine sampling of public water systems. Three (3) of the 160 lead and copper tap samples collected between January and June 2021 by the City of Jackson showed levels of lead higher than the 15 parts per billion action level set by the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act. The City of Jackson continues to take steps to educate customers and improve corrosion control systems in the City’s treatment plants.
Although the majority of home lead testing performed identified no lead, or lead below the action level set by the EPA, MSDH is issuing these recommendations as a special precaution, especially for households with young children or pregnant women. These precautions remain in place until the City of Jackson makes the necessary changes required to stabilize the pH levels in its water system that contribute to corrosion .
If you live in an older home, you can take the following steps to lower the risk of lead in your water, especially if the water has been off and sitting in the pipes for more than 6 hours.
To conserve water, collect several containers of water at once in the manner above.
Lead in the water of older homes usually comes from plumbing materials in the home which contain lead. While the City of Jackson is not currently exceeding the 90th percentile Action Levels for Lead and Copper based on the samples collected since 2018 for regulatory compliance monitoring, the City is currently under an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Consent Order that requires it to monitor water quality at its surface water treatment plants and at multiple locations in the distribution system. Due to the delay in completing corrosion control treatment changes at the city's J. H. Fewell water treatment plant, the City remains out of compliance with the EPA Lead and Copper Rule. MSDH continues to recommend the water use steps in the “Homeowners” section above.
Links referenced on this page
|Jackson water testing information||https://apps.msdh.ms.gov/DWW/JSP/WaterSystemDetail.jsp?tinwsys_is_number=317&tinwsys_st_code=MS&wsnumber=MS0250008|
|Guidelines for Schools||http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6584.pdf|
|Guidelines for Child Care Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6583.pdf|
|Guidelines for Restaurants and Food Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6582.pdf|
|information from the CDC||http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm|
|NSF53 certified filter||http://info.nsf.org/Certified/DWTU|
|More about lead poisoning prevention||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176.html ok|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Schools||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6584,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Schools.pdf|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Child Care Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6583,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Child_Care.pdf|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Food Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6582,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Food_Facilities.pdf|
|lead-based paint||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176,html ok|
|Lead and tapwater information from the CDC||https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm|
|EPA Guide to Drinking Water Sample Collection||https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2015-11/documents/drinking_water_sample_collection.pdf|
|EPA clarification of water sampling procedures for lead and copper||https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2016-02/documents/epa_lcr_sampling_memorandum_dated_february_29_2016_508.pdf|
|Guidelines for Schools||https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6584.pdf ok|
|Guidelines for Child Care Facilities||https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6583.pdf ok|
|Guidelines for Restaurants and Food Facilities||https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/6582.pdf ok|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Schools||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6584,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Schools.pdf ok|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Child Care Facilities||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6583,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Child_Care.pdf ok|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Food Facilities||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6582,148,pdf/Water_Guidelines_for_Food_Facilities.pdf ok|
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