Lead and Jackson Water: Recommendations for Homeowners, Schools and Facilities
Updated October 2021
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 .
You can test your home's water by purchasing a sample kit from a certified laboratory, collecting water from your home, and submitting it to the laboratory for analysis. State-approved laboratories for water testing are the MSDH Public Health Laboratory (601-576-7582) or Micro-Methods Laboratories (228-875-6420).
The MSDH Public Health Laboratory has water sampling kits available for $20. This price is only for testing drinking water for lead, and only for customers receiving their drinking water from the City of Jackson. Payment is by check or money order only.
This price covers the cost of the sampling kit, lab fees, and analysis. Results will be returned to you by mail in two to four weeks. Please read and follow the instructions carefully when collecting the sample in order to obtain accurate results.
For an MSDH home lead sampling kit, call 601-576-7582.
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.
|Jackson water testing information||https://apps.msdh.ms.gov/DWW/JSP/WaterSystemDetail.jsp?tinwsys_is_number=317&tinwsys_st_code=MS&wsnumber=MS0250008https:|
|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|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Schools||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6584,195,pdf/WaterUseInSchools.pdf|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Child Care Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6583,195,pdf/WaterUseInDaycares.pdf|
|Guidelines for Water Use in Food Facilities||http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/23,6582,195,pdf/WaterUseInFoodFacilities.pdf|
|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|
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