Water from all OSU housing and dining buildings was tested for lead and copper last month, and it seems heavy metal is a problem for one dorm in particular. Poling Hall has 10 sinks and showers that overstepped OSU’s mandatory action concentration of 0.01 mg/L.
The greatest lead concentration, still just 0.06 mg/L, was found in one of the men’s showers. It appears the lead levels in this instance are fixture-specific. Until requisite repairs are completed, the taps for affected fixtures have been shut off. Remaining lead concentrations from other buildings around campus were very low, with many below detectable levels. No copper concentrations reached eyebrow-raising levels.
Further testing around campus will continue until early August.
By Matthew Hunt