JACKSON, Miss. – Today the Mississippi State Department of Health – after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency, is advising all residents who receive their drinking water from the City of Jackson Water System to take the following precautions.
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- Before using tap water for drinking or cooking, run your tap on cold for one to two minutes; for more detailed information visit www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm;
- Households should never use hot water for drinking or cooking;
- Any child five years of age or younger and any pregnant woman should use filtered water (NSF53 certified filter: http//info.nsf.org/Certified/DWTU) or bottled water for drinking and cooking;
- Baby formula should be “ready-to-feed” or prepared using only filtered water or bottled water; and
- Parents with children five years* or younger should contact their child’s pediatrician or primary care provider to ensure adequate lead screening and blood testing have been performed.
* Changed from the original recommendation of six years.
“Although the majority of home lead testing performed identified no lead, or lead below the action level of 15 ppb, we are issuing these recommendations as a special precaution for young children and pregnant women,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.
“It’s important to remember simple measures, such as flushing the faucet for one to two minutes, can markedly reduce lead levels in tap water,” added Dobbs.
The Mississippi State Department of Health will mail the above health recommendations about lead to all customers on the City of Jackson Water System, and will closely monitor the City of Jackson’s progress to reduce the corrosiveness of water. Corrosive water leads to leaching of lead in some older homes where plumbing contains lead pipes or lead solder.
“We believe these precautions should remain in place at least six months while the City of Jackson makes the necessary changes required to stabilize the alkalinity and pH levels in the system. These changes should ensure better optimization of corrosion in the Jackson Water System, which should lead to minimal leaching of lead in home plumbing,” said Director of Health Protection Jim Craig.
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