She’s not boiling mad. She knows the facts.
It’s official: Jackson city officials and the Mississippi State Health Department have announced that problems with lead in the Jackson water system won’t be repaired anytime in the very near future. In the meantime, here are a few important facts you need to know:
1) This is a serious issue: Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems, particularly for children and pregnant women.
2) Lead is usually caused by older lead pipes and plumbing that become corroded, which allows lead to leach into the water.
3) Until this problem with the Jackson system is repaired, city and state officials have urged extra precautions for pregnant women and children.
4) While water quality problems often require boiling water, lead problems require the opposite action. For water you’re using for drinking or cooking, the CDC recommends running a high-volume tap (such as your shower) on cold for at least 5 minutes. Then run the water from your kitchen tap for another 1 to 2 minutes. Then fill up your water containers. Always drink or cook with cold water from the tap. Water that comes out warm or hot from the tap can contain much higher levels of lead.
There are other alternatives, of course, such as bottled water. And at Environment Masters, we offer under-sink filtration options that eliminate lead, particulates, chlorine taste and odors. These filtration options are great for use in kitchens and baths. For more information, give us a call today, or contact us on the web at www.environmentmasters.com.