The Wright State Guardian
Wright State Water Tower | Photo by Grace Ramsdell | The Wright State Guardian
The Wright State University (WSU) campus water advisory caused by an HVAC construction accident has been resolved. While solving the problem, the university discovered that contractors working on the systems did not have the proper excavation permits.
According to WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Board, maintenance crews working on the HVAC air system accidentally punctured an underground pipe containing the toxic chemical glycol. This may interest you : Global Commercial Vehicle HVAC System Market – Explore the Trends, Outlook, Forecasts, Overview, And Market Development Forecast 2026. It was later reported by campus officials that these contractors did not have proper digging permits and were not authorized to dig near this pipe.
This pipe, not directly connected to the water system, leaked into a connecting pipe leading to the main water system. This leak raised concerns about contamination, leading to the water advisory. The precautionary warning, issued the second week of June, advised students, staff, faculty and WSU campus guests not to drink or use the water on campus for any reason due to possible contamination from the accident.
Despite concerns, the WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Board reported that no cross-contamination has occurred in the water system and that they have confined the incident to the Biological Sciences Building.
The Council also reported that the two-week delay in lifting the water advisory was due to water testing and flushing the system.
“Generally speaking, the advisory is issued, corrective actions are taken, the system is re-checked and the advisory is removed when water quality meets EPA standards,” Marjorie Markopoulos, director of Environmental Health and Safety, wrote.
In their aforementioned statement, the university states that future construction projects will follow campus policies and ensure that contractors have proper permits. This may interest you : The global HVAC linesets market size is projected to reach.
During the advisory, the summer semester students continued with normal campus life. This may interest you : HVAC GPS Tracking Software Market to Reflect Robust Expansion during 2021–2028| Global Key Players- mHelpDesk, Housecall Pro, WorkWave Service, Service Fusion, Jobber. Some students, such as senior Josiah Pugh, expressed some annoyance at the inconvenience, but are generally pleased with the way WSU handled this incident.
“I think they did a pretty good job,” Pugh said. “Especially because of the emails and the placing of signs on all the doors of the buildings.”
Details about the construction accident were not initially released to the students. While the advisory continued, the campus communication system kept students, staff and teachers informed of the situation. Signs have been placed in all campus buildings.
Tap water results
During the water warning, the Environmental Health and Safety Board published their annual report on the results of tap water for consumers. On-campus tap water testing, unrelated to the pipe accident, is performed every year, as required by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to the results, six areas on campus were identified with more than 15 parts per billion (ppb) of lead in the water. The report also pointed out that lead, when consumed in large amounts through drinking water, can be hazardous to humans, especially children and pregnant women.
The university attributed the spike in lead content to water trapped in the pipes as a result of inactivity during the coronavirus pandemic. During the testing period, WSU increased the offer of in-person classes, while students continue to live and work on campus during the summer semester.
According to the university’s statement, there are plans to fix the problem by flushing out the system and doing more testing throughout the academic year.