The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has lifted the boil-water notice for the City of Jackson surface water system. This has been done in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Revised Total Coliform Rule. The City of Flowood has submitted water samples that are currently undergoing analysis.
In spite of the allegations made by the City of Jackson Water Supply, the Mississippi State Department of Health stands behind the initial test results that indicated the presence of E. coli in the City of Jackson’s surface water. Upon review, all evidence supports that these test results were true positives. Since 2003, there have been 29 instances of E. coli detected in the City of Jackson’s water system. During the same time period, the City of Flowood has had three instances of E. coli in their water system.
“Clean drinking water and its availability to the public are fundamental to protecting the health, well-being and safety of everyone, with no exception,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dan Edney.
The Mississippi State Department of Health is happy to review its current rules and regulations. Through this process, the agency will invite public comment to ensure the impacts to families, communities and businesses are considered as MSDH carries out its mission to further public health in the state.