WWU Drinking Water Survey
The Environmental Health and Safety office is in the process of testing drinking water on the main campus of Western Washington University.
This process began in October 2008 when a sample taken for lead in the fifth floor drinking fountain in Arntzen Hall was analyzed by an independent laboratory and found to have lead levels over the maximum contaminant level set by the WA State Department of Health.
Since that result was received, samples have been collected from a number of locations around campus. Locations in academic buildings with fixtures which were found to have higher than the maximum level of lead contamination had their fixtures removed, replaced with a lead-free model, and/or affixed with a sign directing suggested usage.
By 2013, these locations have been re-tested for lead contamination. Any location which still contains levels of lead near or above the maximum level will be affixed with a permanent sign providing directions for safe usage.
The results of the initial 2008-2009 drinking water survey and the follow-up 2013 drinking water survey are available here.
Information about lead in drinking water is available from a number of sources, provided in the Links page.