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Questions about campus drinking water? Check your smartphone

Water Fountain An innovative effort by the University is showing that drinking water in sources across campus meets or exceeds federal and state safety standards.

By early in the Spring 2018 semester, anyone curious about water quality can use a smartphone to scan the label on a drinking-water source and instantly review the results of the most recent testing for that exact fountain.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not require testing for schools served by a public water system. However, Sac State leaders decided to follow the recommendations of the state Water Resources Control Board for water sampling at K-12 schools and its action recommendations, which include reducing lead levels to below 15 parts per billion.

“This is not a fix-it-and-done situation,” says Gary Rosenblum, senior director for Risk Management Services. “We will continuously test water, and if we find any fountain with levels of lead above the EPA action level, we will address it and fix it. We also will update the QR code on each fountain as new test results come in.”

Says President Robert S. Nelsen: “Safety is our top priority on campus.”
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