Perhaps one of the most significant and sought-after treasures found in the city of Memphis is its drinking water. Few cities in the world enjoy water that is as pure and tasteful. In fact, according to CNN, more than 5,300 water systems affecting about 18 million citizens in America are in violation of the EPA's lead and copper rule, which regulates the lead and copper levels in public drinking water.
Memphis has taken measures to provide the highest quality water for its residents. Our exceptional artesian well water has consistently met EPA standards. Even though there is no evidence of contamination, Memphis Light, Gas and Water provides free water sampling kits to residents who request one and recently posted an online database and map of pipes in the Memphis area that could possibly include lead material.
Lead is a bluish-grey metal that is naturally found in the earth. If the poisonous substance gets into our bodies through water, or most commonly through lead paint deterioration, damage to the brain and kidneys are possible. Many cities across the U.S. have failed to properly test drinking water and report levels of contamination to citizens, leaving residents exposed to dangerous levels of lead.
In light of the recent spotlight on drinking water quality around the nation, Tioga conducted an in-house sampling project to test the drinking water in the city of Memphis as well as Germantown, Cordova, Collierville and Senatobia, Mississippi. Our overall findings indicated no traces of lead in our office building or homes, even those listed on MLGW’s online database of potential properties with lead pipes. Only one sample revealed levels of lead that was obtained from well water at an employee’s home in another county.
Overall, it is clear that when it comes to finding the best drinking water, look no further than Memphis. If you are still cautious of drinking straight from the tap, however, let the cold water run for a few seconds before drinking to flush out any possibility of lead in the system. Cold water has less of a chance of containing lead, where hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly.
Our team is proud to be a part of a community where lead exposure in our water is very low and the quality of water is high! In fact, as environmental professionals, we’re so sure of Memphis water that we don’t buy bottled water for our homes or office.