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Student Finds Lead in SMCM Water

A student tested a sample of water from Calvert Hall of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) and found that it tested positive for lead contamination.

Trisha Scotton, ‘18, who wrote a St. Mary’s Project (SMP) titled “Get the Lead Out: How Flint Michigan Ignited my Interest in Lead Poisoning,” bought a lead test kit and used it to check Calvert Hall “because it is the oldest building” on campus. Scotton says that any building built before 1957 likely has lead in the pipes.

Scotton says that the water came in as just below the “acceptable” level according to the test kit, but adds the caveat that “any level of lead is immediately bad for you.”

According to Scotton, she has told officials from the school and that they “are doing something” to address her findings.

The College periodically releases water testing data. According to their tests, in 2016 SMCM’s drinking water “met both Federal and State requirements.”

Lead was most recently tested in 2014; the report states that they found a lead action level 15 parts per billion, whilst the ideal level is zero.

This information can be found on smcm.edu under the title “Water Quality Report.”

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