University's Water Quality Meets Standards
By Karen Grava, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut is maintaining the
high quality of its drinking water and is making progress in conserving
A recently completed report shows that the UConn's drinking water
met all federal and state standards for quality in 2000, as in past years.
The water is tested
regularly by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The University supplies water to the Storrs campus and a number of
local non-University users. The University's two large wellfields are
located on the east bank
of the Willimantic River and the west bank of the Fenton River, both
within a few miles of campus. The water is treated with chlorine and
adjusted for pH levels.
The report says trace amounts were found for only 10 of the nearly
80 contaminants for which tests were conducted. All amounts detected
were well within the
levels for safe drinking water. Environmental Protection Agency
regulations limit the amounts of certain natural and artificial
contaminants in drinking water, but
says drinking water may reasonably be expected to contain small
amounts of some contaminants from sources that may include
agriculture, wildlife and naturally
occurring salts. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily
pose a health risk, according to the EPA.
Each year, the University issues a report on water quality to its
customers. The University is making significant strides in reducing
water usage. Schilling says
UConn's daily water consumption at the Storrs campus is 250,000
gallons below its level in the late 1980s and early '90s, even though
there are now more
people on campus and more facilities. The University currently uses
about 1.7 million gallons per day.
There are several areas where the University is saving water. All
new buildings and renovations to existing buildings include the
installation of water-saver units
in showers, sinks, and toilets, Schilling says. UConn also has
an ongoing program to monitor for underground water leaks, he says.
Finally, water is saved in
laboratories by recycling the water used to cool equipment.
"Water is a valuable resource," says Schilling, "and conservation
can save not only the water but the energy needed to obtain it."
More information is available at
under "UConn water information".
September 2001 Releases