The National Sea Grant Law Center


  • The University of Mississippi Lead in Drinking Water Project
  • Childhood lead poisoning is a challenging social issue that requires the coordination of health, housing, and environmental law and policy. There is no safe blood level for lead, and all sources of lead exposure for children should be controlled or eliminated. From 2016 - 2023, the National Sea Grant Law Center was part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Mississippi seeking to assess and raise awareness of the contribution of lead pipes and water treatment to lead poisoning in Mississippi through community-based research, education, and outreach. Highlights of that work are featured below.

  • Public Water System LCR Exceedances

  • This map identifies the public water systems in Mississippi reporting 90th percentile concentrations of lead over 5 ppb for the reporting period ending June 2023.

  • Funders

  • Initial financial support was provided by the University of Mississippi through an Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Investment Grant. Additional financial support was provided by the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute and U.S. Geological Survey under award number G16AP00065. In 2018, the Project Team received seed funding from the University of Mississippi Community Well-being Constellation to expand the geographic scope of the project to Jackson, MS. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Mississippi, MWRRI, or USGS.

Shining a Light on
Lead in Drinking Water

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