JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Department of Health is urging people in Jackson to take precautions with their water as the city and the state address elevated lead levels.
One local church is stepping up to help. It has collected dozens of cases of water.
This all started as part of an effort to support the people of Flint, Michigan, but now the water will also go to help people right here in Jackson.
Davis Temple Church of God in Christ has filled a room with hundreds of cases of water and also filled trucks … collecting thousands of cases total.
The church says they will be giving it to pregnant women, families, and elderly people in need.
“We need to pray for those persons who are in leadership so they will do what they need to do to make it better for all of us because this is an ongoing problem. We don’t know what the results are we don’t know how long they just discovered it now,” said Pastor Larry Weems of Davis Temple Church of God in Christ.
MSDH has issued recommendations for people using water in Jackson.
- Before using tap water for drinking or cooking, run your tap on cold for one to two minutes; for more detailed information visitcdc.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 filterhttp://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
- Parents with children six years or younger should contact their child’s pediatrician or primary care provider to ensure adequate lead screening and blood testing have been performed.
If you want to donate water to the Davis Temple Church of God in Christ, you can contact Pastor Larry Weems at 601-953-7611.