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Environment, Health and Safety is testing water fixtures across campus for lead levels. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our priority, and we are working through a thorough process as efficiently as possible. We are addressing this situation with an aggressive campus-wide effort that includes multiple units and relies on the input and guidance of our faculty experts.

Water Testing

We have created a phased approach to find the fixtures that have the highest likelihood of containing lead based on their age or when the building was constructed.

As results and building notifications become available, they will be posted on the Drinking Water Lead Testing Results webpage and an update will be posted on the EHS Twitter account @unc_ehs. The water testing is proceeding in a phased approach that is expected to last multiple weeks (this includes residence halls):

  • Phase One – Water fixtures that potentially contain lead components based on their age and construction. (COMPLETED)
  • Phase Two – Water fixtures in buildings that were built in or prior to 1930. (COMPLETED on Friday, Oct. 28)
  • Phase Three – Water fixtures in buildings that were built in or prior to 1990. (IN PROGRESS)
  • Phase Four – A future phase expected to occur following phase three, based on preview sampling of some post-1990 buildings that is currently underway to understand what results of this phase may look like. (PREVIEW SAMPLING IN PROGRESS)

Buildings to be Tested the Week of Dec. 5 (This List is Subject to Change)

  • Carolina Living and Learning Phase 1
  • Carolina Living and Learning Phase 2
  • Carolina Living and Learning Phase 3
  • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • IMS Visiting Investigators Facility
  • Coastal Proc. Environmental Health Lab
  • IMS Fisheries Research Lab

Blood Lead Level Testing

The University is making blood level testing for lead available to all UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students who work, study or live in the affected buildings.

To speak to a campus health provider about getting tested:

  • Students and post-doctoral fellows should contact Campus Health at 919-966-2281.
  • Faculty and staff should contact the University Employee Occupational Health Clinic (UEOHC) at 919-966-9119.

For questions and further information, please refer to the FAQs included on this webpage. Additional questions can be directed to Environment, Health and Safety at 919-962-5507.

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