About one-fifth of the faucets in three University of ­Oregon residence halls run with lead-tainted water — and a fourth hall is very likely to have some of the same.


Lead In The Water

Communities across the Northwest were shocked recently to discover dangerously high lead levels in their water. How did this happen, and what’s being done to fix the problem?

Crews either found or are concerned about elevated levels in Walton, Hamilton, Barnhart and Bean halls.

The university didn’t release specific numbers but said they are above the 15 parts per billion set by the federal Environmental Protection Agency as allowable in water for human consumption.

As a precaution, the university is asking students moving into the affected halls in coming weeks not to drink or cook with any of the tap water and, instead, use university-­provided ­bottled water for those purposes.

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