High lead levels found in 9 Rowan University residence halls
GLASSBORO — Rowan University plans several immediate steps following the discovery of high levels of lead in the water of nine residence buildings on campus.
The school said that the age of the buildings involved will be a factor in coming up with a permanent solution, because lead was a commonly used material used in plumbing until it was banned in 1986. Otherwise, filters and bottled water will be the temporary fixes.
CBS Philly reported 4,000 students live in the dorms affected, which are Chestnut, Evergreen, Magnolia, Mimosa, Mullica, Triad and Willow halls, Edgewood Park Apartments, and the Townhouse Complex.
During next week's spring break, the university said, it will install faucet-mounted filters in the bathrooms and kitchen sinks in most of the residence halls. Holly Pointe Commons, Whitney Center and the Rowan Boulevard Apartments will not get the new filters, since those were built more recently.
Thirty-one additional water-bottle filling and drinking stations will be installed as the university continues to provide bottled water. The school will also advocate the EPA's recommendation to let cold water run for a few moments before drinking. Running the water for 30 seconds to two minutes, according to the EPA, flushes out water that has been sitting in pipes.
The university said it took samples from 43 buildings on its Glassboro campus from November through January after one of the campus' older buildings, Linden Hall, tested at a high level July.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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