High lead levels detected in three SOU water sources

0629 SOU leadAshland, Ore. – Elevated lead levels were found in some Southern Oregon University water supplies.

SOU said they began testing for lead on its main Ashland campus following news that lead had been found in the water supplies of some schools around the region.

While the majority of tests found no elevated levels, two drinking fountains in the Education/Psychology building tested beyond EPA standards. In addition, a sink in the preschool was found to have elevated levels of lead, but was still within EPA standards.

The university said because the results were localized, they believe the source of the lead is the fixtures, not the water supply. The fixtures are being replaced and will be retested.

According to SOU, comprehensive testing will continue throughout the summer.

To see full results of the tests, visit www.sou.edu/ehs.

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