December 2014

The water in the following buildings was tested for lead during the period from Dec. 14-29, 2014:

  • The Anchorage
  • Bennett House
  • Bermuda House
  • Bigelow House
  • Campbell House
  • Carriage House
  • University Chapel
  • Crabtree Building
  • Edwards House
  • Flemington Building
  • Harper Hall
  • Hunton House
  • Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts
  • Windsor Hall

Full results of the testing by building

The testing was conducted by a specialized firm experienced in water testing and the samples were analyzed by a certified laboratory.

The testing protocol used was recommended by the New Brunswick Department of Health and involved taking a sample from the cold water tap as soon as the tap was opened (first draw). These samples were sent to the lab for analysis. 

For all the locations where lead levels were found to be above the guideline on first draw, a second sample was taken after the water was run for 30 seconds (second draw).

Drinking water should have no more than 10 micrograms per litre (ug/L) of lead, as measured on the second draw after a 30 second flush.

Of the 380 locations tested:

  • 331 locations tested below lead levels of 10 ug/L on the first draw
  • 49 locations were retested with a second draw
  • 5 locations had a result above the 10 ug/L guideline on second draw

Those five locations are as follows:

  • A sink in a washroom in the basement of Windsor Hall. This washroom is currently closed and will not be used until the faucet is replaced and retested.
  • A sink in the third floor washroom at The Anchorage. The Anchorage is currently closed and this washroom will not be used until the faucet is replaced and retested.
  • A sink in the University Chapel office. The faucet will be replaced and retested.
  • A drinking fountain on the ground floor of Crabtree. The fountain will be removed.
  • A lab sink in Flemington. The faucet will be signed as non-potable water.

 

August 2014

The water in the following buildings was tested for lead during the period from Aug. 12-15, 2014:

  • Athletic Centre
  • Avard-Dixon Building
  • Barclay Building
  • Bennett Building
  • Bennett House
  • Centennial Hall
  • Colville House
  • Convocation Hall
  • Crabtree Building
  • Dunn Building
  • Edwards House
  • Facilities Management Building
  • Fawcett Building
  • Flemington Building
  • Hammond House
  • Hart Hall
  • Hunton House
  • Jennings Hall
  • Marjorie Young Bell Music Conservatory
  • Owens Art Gallery
  • President’s Cottage
  • R. P. Bell Library
  • University Chapel
  • Wallace McCain Student Centre
  • Windsor Hall — don’s apartment
  • York Street Daycare

Full results of the testing by building


The testing was conducted by a specialized firm experienced in water testing and the samples were analyzed by a certified laboratory.


The testing protocol used was recommended by the New Brunswick Department of Health and involved taking two samples from the cold water tap:

  • One drawn as soon as the tap is opened (first draw)
  • One drawn after the water has run for 30 seconds (second draw)

Drinking water should have no more than 10 micrograms per litre (ug/L) of lead, as measured on the second draw after a 30 second flush.

Of the 275 locations tested, the first draw results found 26 locations in 12 buildings with lead levels above 10 ug/L at locations where individuals could consume the water. Six backflow preventers, which are part of the interior plumbing infrastructure and therefore not accessible to provide drinking water, also had lead levels that were above 10 ug/L.

The second draw results found only one location from which water is consumed with a result above the guidelines, in the main washroom sink in the Windsor Hall don’s apartment. The faucet at this location has been replaced.

Two other locations also had results above the guidelines on second draw, however these were on backflow preventers that are not accessible to provide drinking water.

 

September, October, December 2013

The water in the following buildings was tested in September, October, and December 2013:

  • Athletic Centre
  • Bennett House
  • Edwards House
  • Harper Hall 
  • Hart Hall
  • R.P. Bell Library
  • Thornton House 
  • Windsor Hall
  • Crabtree Building
  • Flemington Building

The testing procedures involved taking two samples:

  • One drawn as soon as a tap was opened
  • One drawn after the water had run for a minimum of five minutes

For more information on results and actions taken, read the full report.