LBCC lead testing results

LBCC shuts water off at eight sinks following lead testing

Linn-Benton Community College has shut off water to eight sinks at three of its facilities where lead in the water exceeded Environmental Protection Agency actionable levels.

The college tested 171 water sources where people might draw drinking water across all of its locations. Of the eight that exceeded EPA limits, five of the sinks were located at the Albany campus, two at the downtown center in Lebanon, and one in the basement of the Benton Center in Corvallis.

The sinks will remain shut off until they are re-plumbed and retested in coming weeks, according to Dave Henderson, vice president for Finance and Operations. Testing was done using EPA guidelines, which call for the water to remain stagnant in the lines for at least 8 hours.

The college decided to test its water after reports of lead issues at other educational facilities, Henderson said.

“We’re glad we tested,” said Henderson. “Our issues are relatively easy to fix and temporarily turning water off at the sinks until we can address this issue won’t cause any significant hardships or disruptions.”

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