From Drain To Drink


Several years ago, questions arose on campus about lead levels being higher than the standard allowances. After several rounds of testing by UM facilities engineers, tests proved that water quality in every building on campus is safe for drinking. Researchers discovered that lead levels would show higher counts when the water had been stagnant in the pipes for an extended period of time. For example, over the summer the dorms are rarely occupied, therefore allowing the water to sit in the pipes for quite some time. During the school year, dorm drinking fountains and faucets are frequently used, preventing the water from gaining lead buildup. So drink up, because most buildings on campus are visited every day by students and staff who keep the water flowing, fresh and clean.

If you are still concerned about lead in the water, which is most important for young children and pregnant women, let the water run for a few minutes and wait until it is cold. This will ensure that it isn't water that has been sitting in the pipes.

The University of Montana receives the same drinking water the entire city does. In fact, UM's water is required to be tested more frequently than most of the water in Missoula homes because it is a distributor.

Go here to learn more about lead in drinking water and about Drinking Water Health

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