For Immediate Release
July 12, 2016
For information contact Nolan Wheeler, Vice President of Administration, 360.442.2201,
Test Results Show Water at Lower Columbia College Safe for Consumption
In an effort to provide for the safety and well-being of students, employees and visitors,
Lower Columbia College (LCC) contracted with ALS (Australian Laboratory Systems) to
test for potential lead concentration in water sources on campus.
Samples were taken in every building on campus from fixtures most likely to be used
for human consumption, such as water fountains, breakroom sinks, ice machines, etc.
Samples were drawn in the early morning after a long weekend, allowing for "worst
case" lead build-up.
According to results provided by ALS, none of the LCC sample locations fall into the
range considered actionable by the EPA (15 or more ppb). Lower Columbia College plans
to conduct regular water testing on an ongoing basis to monitor water quality.
Buildings/locations where samples were taken include:
- Administration Building – Breakroom Sink
- Admissions Building – Northeast Drinking Fountain
- Alan Thompson Library – 1st Floor Breakroom Sink (Mail Room)
- Applied Arts Building – North Drinking Fountain
- Campus Services Building – Main Office Drinking Fountain
- David Story Field - Concession Stand Ice Machine
- Don Talley Building– 2nd Floor Drinking Fountain
- Fitness Center/Myklebust Gymnasium – Concession Stand Ice Machine
- Fitness Center/Myklebust Gymnasium – Juice Bar Prep Area
- Fitness Center/Myklebust Gymnasium – Training Room Ice Machine
- Head Start East Building – Breakroom Sink
- Head Start/Home & Family Life Building – Head Start Kitchen Sink
- Health & Science Building – 1st Floor Drinking Fountain
- Health & Science Building – 3rd Floor Biology Lab/Prep
- International (CEO) Building – Restroom (Men’s)
- Main Building – 1st Floor Drinking Fountain
- Physical Science Building – Drinking Fountain
- Science Building – Drinking Fountain
- Student Center – 1st Floor Drinking Fountain
- Student Center – Food Services Ice Machine
- Student Center – Ice Machine
- Rose Center for the Arts – Drinking Fountain
- Vocational Building – Male Restroom (West End)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends action for the presence of lead
in water at levels of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or higher. Lead exists naturally
in the earth’s crust, and is present in the air, soil, food, drinking water and other
locations in small amounts. Additionally, lead can enter the water supply from plumbing
materials/fixtures and water service lines. Older pipes are more likely to contain
the element, since leaded material was not prohibited until 1975.
Steps taken over the last twenty years have greatly reduced the presence of lead in
tap water. This includes actions taken under the requirements of the 1986 and 1996
amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the EPA's Lead and Copper Rule.