Water from various locations on campus had been collected and sent to M.J. Reider Associates Inc. for testing. The lead levels have come back as below action level. (Lexi Berliner/B&W photo)

Water declared safe on Lehigh campus after continued testing for lead


After continued testing on the water on Lehigh’s campus, it has been determined that the lead levels are below the action level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to an email to the campus community Monday.

This comes as an update after Lehigh took action and began testing following concerns over lead content in water in the Lehigh Valley.

The email states 100 samples of water have been taken since April from various spots on campus such as residential halls and academic buildings on all three campuses. All samples were found to be below the action level of 15 parts per billion. The email did not provide specific details about actual lead content, just that it was below the action level.

The testing is expected to continue in the coming months as Lehigh gets help from M. J. Reider Associates Inc., an independent, local lab certified by the Pennsylvania State Department of Environmental Protection. It will have a focus on fountains and sinks, according to the email.

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