Drinking Water Information

11.17.2020: Important Update About Testing of Water on Campus

A communication sent to the Wellesley College community shared that following a September 2020 routine test of the College’s water at 10 locations across campus, Wellesley received notification that there were slight exceedances of lead in two locations: the men’s bathroom on the first floor of Green Hall, and the men’s bathroom on the first floor in Jewett. Immediately after receiving the test results, we requested a second test of these locations. After running the water in both locations, the second test then came back negative. We believe that the reason there were elevated levels of lead in these areas is that we have fewer numbers of people on campus regularly using water at these locations. 

There are easy steps that individuals can take to reduce exposure to lead in water: 

  • Let the water run from the tap for at least 30 seconds before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in each faucet has gone unused for more than six hours. For the first use of the day, in the morning, run the water for 2-3 minutes. 

    • Flushing the tap means running the cold-water faucet for about 15-30 seconds. Although toilet flushing or showering flushes water through a portion of the plumbing system, you still need to flush the water in each faucet before using it for drinking or cooking.

    • Note that boiling water does not reduce lead levels, so be sure to flush with cold water only.

  • Do not cook with, drink, or prepare baby formula from the hot water tap. Hot water can dissolve lead more quickly than cold water. If you need hot water, draw cold water from the tap and then heat it.

You an read more information about what individuals can do to prevent exposure to lead in drinking water, sources of lead, and health effects. Contact Suzanne Howard, director of environmental health and safety, if you have any health concerns.

Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

The reports below are snapshots of the drinking water quality that the College provided the previous year. Included in each report are details about where the water on campus comes from, what is in the water, and what the College does to ensure high-quality water for the College community and in compliance with state and federal standards.

2019 Consumer Confidence Report

2018 Consumer Confidence Report

2017 Consumer Confidence Report

2016 Consumer Confidence Report

2015 Consumer Confidence Report

2014 Consumer Confidence Report

2013 Consumer Confidence Report

2012 Consumer Confidence Report