Councilman Tyrone Hendrix posted this update to his Facebook page this morning, reposted here verbatim:
UPDATE ON ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS: On January 30th, I made a post concerning water samples that indicated lead levels were found at an "actionable" level within the City of Jackson. Since that time, the City of Jackson has re-tested homes that tested above 15 parts per billiion (ppb), has increased the sample size from 58 homes to 100 homes, is providing citizens with information to request free water testing kits (I will provide more information on this as soon as it is available), and is reviewing it's corrosion control measures. A map and results of sites where lead levels exceed actionable levels is near the bottom of this post
Since then, I have also authored an ordinance that will require the City of Jackson to test for both copper and lead at least once per year (currently, the City is only required to test for lead and copper once every 3 years). I have also requested that the Administration and Department of Public Works expand the scope of water testing to more homes in South Jackson--and particularly in Ward 6 due to:
- The years homes were build in South Jackson;
- The types of pipes used to transport water from the water plant to South Jackson homes; and
- Small sampling sizes.
It is imperative that we expeditiously gather and analyze the data, identify problem areas, and act swiftly based on the data. Lastly, there is no "safe" level of lead in drinking water, and we must identify the source of elevated lead levels.
I will continue to keep you updated on developments, and will provide information for residents to request testing kits in the very near future. As always, if you have questions, concerns, or ideas please contact me via phone at 601-960-1089 or email [email protected]. Thank you! - Tyrone
*Map of Jackson Sites Where Lead Levels Exceeded Action Levels: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/…/map-jackson-sites-where-…/">http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/…/map-jackson-sites-where-…/