Excessive levels of lead found in water in Fine Arts Building 125A

Originally Posted on Emerald Media via UWIRE

College of Design students, faculty and staff were warned today that unsafe levels of lead were found coming from a water fountain in Fine Arts Building 125 A. The warning email said temporary clean water stations will be provided.

A map displaying water contamination levels around the UO shows there are multiple contaminated water sources on campus currently, including in sources at the health center. You can see the map here.

Kelly McIver, a spokesperson for the UOPD, said that water sources that are found to be contaminated are shut off until they are cleaned.

In 2016, water in various residence halls around campus were found to have about double the safe amount of lead in the drinking water, which the Environmental Protection Agency says is 15 parts per billion.

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