What is the Water Quality in Southaven, Mississippi?
Compared to other US cities, Southaven water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 19 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Radium is at extremely high levels: 36x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Southaven water.
What’s in Southaven water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Dibromochloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 19 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Southaven have Lead contamination?
Yes, Southaven has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations up to 0.9 parts per billion (ppb).
The legal limit for lead is 15 parts per billion. Being well-below this level is a good thing.
- Concentrations between 3.8 ppb and 15 ppb put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. Read more about the symptoms of Lead in water.
There is no safe level of lead for humans.
- The good news is that 99.99% of the lead can be filtered out.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Southaven’s water come from?
Southaven’s water comes from the Lower Nonconnah Creek watershed.
All 12 water sources in the Lower Nonconnah Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Black Bayou
- Cane Creek
- Days Creek
- Hurricane Creek
- McKellar Lake
- Nonconnah Creek
- Tenmile Creek
- Wolf River Harbor
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Southaven’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Southaven can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your home as well as things you can do at a community level.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 72% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 16 of the 19 contaminants, consider a whole house Pentair water filtration system.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – byproduct of chlorine treatment
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – byproduct of chlorine treatment
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) – byproduct of chlorine treatment
In Your Community:
Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.
Go to: http://southaven.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.