Lead found in water of 13 Jackson homes


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — The City of Jackson is dealing with another water crisis.

The Mississippi Department of Health released a report Thursday showing that it found concerning levels of lead in water in several Jackson homes.

This is from a random water sample test taken by the state agency in June. The results released Thursday show that of the 58 homes tested, 13 had lead above the actionable level of zero-point-zero-1-5.

The city says it took action as soon as it was notified, dispatching re-sample kits to those 13 contaminated locations.

These results are expected back within two weeks.

“As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act, lead and copper samples are randomly tested every three years,” MSDH Communications Director Liz Sharlot said. “Some of the lead samples came back at levels which EPA mandates further examination.  The lead samples came from 58 homes and were collected by individual homeowners. It is important to note that these are home dependent samples and do not indicate a problem with lead in the water at the treatment facility. Lead typically comes from plumbing materials in the home that may contain lead.”

“MSDH is working with the City of Jackson in resolving this problem and is immediately retesting the sites of concern, she said. “The City of Jackson has no prior history of being out of compliance. However, in the past, other water systems have dealt with similar issues with lead.”

Sharlot says, “The level of concern – or action level – is not indicative of a threat to human health.”

“The City exercises a daily sampling routine for our source water, treated water leaving the plants and throughout the distribution system to ensure our drinking water meets state and federal regulations; however, events such as this underscore the importance of protecting the public drinking water system and the health of our citizens through investment in our water infrastructure,” said City of Jackson Director of Public Works Kishia Powell.

Below is a list of actions taken:

  • Immediately provided sampling kits to 13 residences for retesting.
  • Sampling additional residences.
  • Sending a “Consumer Notice Regarding Your Drinking Water” to all customers of our public drinking water system.
  • Placing a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Lead in Drinking Water” pamphlet on the City’s website for additional information.
  • Proactively increasing the number of samples taken during routine testing.
  • The City will continue to work with the MSDH to assess all available data to ensure the continued safety of the City’s drinking water supply.


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