Rowan University is committed to keeping the University community informed about campus water quality.
- Technical/Lab Results, for tests taken in fall 2016 and November 2016 through January 2017
- Summaries of the Lab Results
- How to Read Water Quality Lab Results
In July 2016, Rowan found lead in the water of one of its older buildings, Linden Hall. It then tested nearby buildings as a way to determine if the issue existed elsewhere. Sample tests indicated it did, and the University notified the Rowan community about the issue at the end of August.
Upon learning of the problem, and after consulting with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and water-quality experts, it was determined that the University would need to develop a comprehensive study that included testing of all the water outlets that deliver potable water (water meant for consumption) and map and examine all the plumbing systems across campus. The goal was to determine which buildings were impacted and the source of the lead contamination, building by building. It is important to note that Glassboro’s water-quality tests of its wells do not indicate elevated levels of lead.
Since developing and executing the comprehensive plan would take months, the University took “grab” samples of water throughout campus in August and September 2016, testing at least one faucet/water outlet in each building. Although they do not meet standard protocols for water testing, grab samples simulate the habits of people getting a drink from a fountain or faucet (not running the water before drinking it) and provide some immediate insight into water status in particular locations. The grab samples provided a preliminary indication of the water quality across campus.
The University was able to undertake comprehensive water testing from November 2016 through January 2017. The University worked with a certified water-quality testing firm to collect the samples, which were evaluated at independent labs according to federal protocols.