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Few Dozen Water Faucets To Be Replaced On Sac State Campus Due To High Lead Levels

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

A few dozen drinking water faucets on the Sacramento State campus will be replaced because of high lead levels.

The university released test results Monday that show 43 outlets show lead concentrations above the Federal standards.

Sac State tested hundreds of campus water outlets this year and found more than five percent failed, with one testing 26 times the recommended limit.

Steve Leland is the Environmental Health and Safety Director for the university. He says eventually the state wants the lead standard to be near zero.

Currently, the standard is 15 parts per billion.

"In some cases the technology may not be there to get all the way down to that number," says Leland. "But, our goal is to have none, but at this point based on the regulatory limits that we have, we're going to stay with 15."

The lead problem on campus came to light earlier this year because of a student project back in January.

Leland says those findings were eye opening for his department.

A public forum is scheduled next Monday in Mendocino Hall to discuss the results in greater detail.

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