All drinking fountains at Cal State Long Beach are currently turned off while officials test the water to make sure they meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, university officials announced Wednesday.
The concern over the quality of the water was brought up after chemistry students that tested various locations on campus in mid-October discovered positive lead results at the McIntosh building, according to the Daily 49er student newspaper.
In an email provided to the campus community, Vice President of Administration and Finance Mary Stephens said:
“A water standards issue has been identified with some drinking fountains in the McIntosh Humanities Building. While we deal with this, we have decided to also check water standards for all non-filtered drinking fountains. To do this most expeditiously, these drinking fountains have been turned off until we are sure the fountains meet EPA water standards. This also applies to water fountains in auxiliary facilities. In the meantime, hydration stations and supplemental water dispensers will be available.”
According to the Daily 49er, the drinking fountains were shut off November 6 and every drinking fountain on campus will be tested until Friday.
The cause of the lead contamination has not been established but Tony Malagrino, director of facilities management at the university, told the Daily 49er that the source likely lies within the pipes. Additionally, CSULB spokeswoman Terri Carbaugh told the paper that employees and students can report perceived health symptoms through the university.