The National Sea Grant Law Center

Projects

  • Drinking Water and Lead Contamination in the Mississippi Delta

  • 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. The National Sea Grant Law Center is 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.


  • Project Team

  • Stephanie Otts and Catherine Janasie, National Sea Grant Law Center

    Dr. Kristie Willett, UM School of Pharmacy

    Dr. John Green and Lynn Woo, Center for Population Studies

  • National Sea Grant Law Center The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Center for Population Studies



  • Community Partners

  • Tri-County Workforce Alliance Right from the Start MS Well Owners Network Delta Directions




  • Project Activities

  • As of April 2017, the team has partnered with seven community programs to test lead concentrations in drinking water from 170 homes. Participants at each collection event complete a household survey to gather socio-economic data and learn proper water sample collection techniques. Samples from the participants’ kitchen faucets are returned a week later and analyzed in UM laboratory facilities. Participants are notified by mail of the sampling results and provided with water filters if lead concentrations exceed 5 ppb. The team has also given presentations and tours of laboratory facilities to high school students interested in health careers.


  • Project Reports

  • In December 2017, the National Sea Grant Law Center released a preliminary report summarizes the legal framework governing the provision of public water supplies in Mississippi and presents the lead monitoring data of public water systems in selected counties in the Mississippi delta.

    S. Otts & C. Janasie, National Sea Grant Law Center, How Safe is the Water?: An Analysis of the Lead Contamination Risks of Public Water Supplies in the Mississippi Delta (Dec. 2017).

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  • Select Presentation Materials

  • S. Otts & C. Janasie, An Analysis of Lead Contamination Risks of Public Water Supplies in the Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Water Resources Conference, Jackson, MS, April 4, 2018.

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    Green, John J., et. al. Informing Environmental Health through Community-Engaged Research: Testing for Lead in Drinking Water in the Mississippi Delta. Poster presented at the Mississippi Water Resources Conference, Jackson, MS, April 3-4, 2018.

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            • 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. 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.

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