MSDH Report Lead Detection in Jackson City Water

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During a Friday news conference at City Hall, Jackson Public Works Director Kishia Powell addresses lead detected in water in some city residences.
(Photo Credit: Justin Sellers/The Clarion-Ledger)

Article courtesy of Anna Wolfe and Sarah Fowler | Jan 29, 2016 | The Clarion-Ledger | Shared as educational material

In Jackson, Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) affirmed that 22 percent of samples from homes tested positive for lead levels higher than the recommended federal levels. The tests were from samples collected 6 months earlier. Jackson Director of Public Works Kishia Powell said that the department believed that the lead was from old pipes in individual homes and that water from the water system was safe. But Dr. Robert Cox, director of the Mississippi Poison Control and professor of emergency medicine, advised that everyone in the area should be tested for lead, particularly children and pregnant women. The Mississippi State Department of Health took the samples in June, got results in July, and waited until January to inform the city, because immediate notification is not legally required. Read more here:

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