William & Mary

Update on water testing

The following message was sent to the student body from Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler - Ed.

Dear Students,

I wanted to share with you the following update which was sent to residents of Jefferson Hall this afternoon.

Ginger Ambler

Virginia M. Ambler, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
The College of William & Mary

From: Residence Life
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2017 1:41 PM
Subject: Jefferson Hall Residents

Jefferson Hall residents,

William & Mary’s Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) office has completed the re-testing of water in the residence hall. All of the new samples tested below the EPA Action Level of 0.015 mg/L. The precaution of running the water cold before drinking is no longer necessary.

In addition to sampling at the initial locations (3rd floor kitchen; Head Resident 1st floor apartment; and basement kitchen), samples were taken from the second floor kitchen, as well as several bathroom sinks and water fountains.  Overall, 28 samples were drawn: 1) two samples each at 11 new locations for a total of 22 samples, and 2) two samples each at three initial locations for a total of six samples.

EH&S did recommend changing out one faucet in the kitchen of the Head Resident apartment on the first floor. While the sampling result is below the Action Level of 0.015 mg/L, the presence of lead in the first draw sample was present in both the initial and re-sampling event.  For that reason, and for the fact that EH&S noted the appearance of some corrosion, replacement was recommended.  Facilities management will conduct that work.

If you have any questions, please let me or another member of the Residence Life staff know.

Deb Boykin
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life