New samples show 6 Jackson homes have decreased lead levels in water

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — City of Jackson officials said six home that tested positive for lead now have decreased levels.

Initially 13 locations had tested positive for contamination. We talked with an expert about steps homeowners could take to make sure they’re safe. Now the city said the new results do not show lead in six locations.

We’re told the problem was limited to individual homes and recent testing show those levels have dropped.

WJTV 12 talked with an expert about steps homeowners could take to make sure they’re safe.

“I would tell the homeowner do the screening test,” Jack Daughtry said of Hazclean Environmental Agency. “If the screening test is positive, then do a more exact test to find out exactly what the level is and have a compared to the EPA drinking water standard 15.”

We are told the homes likely to have a lead problem are ones built before 1983. You can test your water by buying a sample kit over the counter. Those kits are about $20.

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