Dear campus community,
In response to recent requests, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has been testing drinking water for elevated levels of lead in various buildings throughout campus. To date, 11 buildings have been tested or partially tested (the list is below). All main inlets to the buildings have tested normal. However, in two buildings – the College of Education Building and the Meyer L. Prentis Cancer Center Building – we have found lead levels above the EPA action levels in several water fountains. The affected fountains have been covered and are being shut off until this problem is fixed. All other drinking sites in these two buildings, and all other sites on campus that have been tested to date, have tested normal.
As a result of these findings, we will begin testing drinking water in all remaining buildings on campus proactively. Planning for this activity will begin immediately, and timing will be as expeditious as possible depending on resources required and available lab capacity.
If you are an occupant of the two affected buildings and are concerned about elevated lead levels and your health in relation to this matter, we will be offering free blood tests at the Campus Health Center, located at 5200 Anthony Wayne Drive in the DeRoy Apartment Building, across from Einstein Bros. Bagels. The Campus Health Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but closed on Monday for Memorial Day. If you would like to be tested, please call 313-577-5041 to make an appointment so that you do not have to wait.
Your safety is our top priority, and we will do all we can to resolve this situation quickly and completely. We also will keep you informed of this situation at wayne.edu/campus-water. Thank you for your understanding.
Vice President for Communications and Chief of Staff
Buildings tested to date
- Knapp (including childcare facility)
- Freer House
- Social Work
- C. S. Mott
- Meyer L. Prentis
- Chatsworth Tower*
- University Tower* (childcare facility only tested)
- 5425 Woodward*
*Select samples were taken at these buildings