Mississippi State Department of Health

Some homes in the Jackson area have shown higher than normal levels of lead in their drinking water. The City of Jackson has an ongoing project to address the cause of these water quality violations.

The Mississippi State Department of Health follows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements by performing routine testing of public drinking water for the presence of lead and copper. Of the 222 samples collected during 2016 from homes in Jackson, 24 showed levels of lead high enough to be deemed actionable by the EPA. 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 should remain in place at least six months while the City of Jackson makes the necessary changes required to stabilize the pH levels in its water system that contribute to corrosion .

Home Water Testing Kit

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 reduced the cost of its water sampling kits from $20 to $15. 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.

Lead Safety in Older Homes

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.

Schools, Food Facilities, and Child Care Facilities

For More Information

Links referenced
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-based paint    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,176,html
Lead information from the City of Jackson    http://www.jacksonms.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2480
Lead and tapwater information from the CDC    http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm

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