Contaminated water found at Spokane Falls college

Iron levels were over 125 times more than the standard.

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The water is shut off at a community college building where high levels of lead and iron were found.

News reports said Spokane Falls Community College installed water dispensing stations at the building that will stay until tests come up normal.

A news release says a corroded galvanized pipe may have caused the spike in lead and iron levels.

The building's galvanized pipe will be replaced with copper.

Water test results received May 16 show the lead level at 1,640 parts per billion compared to the federal standard of 15 parts per billion. The iron level was 37,800 parts per billion, with the cap set at 300 parts per billion.

Workers in the affected building will be tested for lead to determine if further analysis are necessary.

© 2017 Associated Press


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