Some members of the campus community have asked whether MSU has been affected by PFAS or lead contamination.
The university has tested for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFCs) and did not detect them. We will continue to test the water supply for these substances as required by the state. Our staff are aware of PFAS contamination on former industrial sites on the west side of Lansing and are monitoring its spread. The plume is not near the wells that supply campus. State and local government officials are working to address the affected Lansing-area sites.
Like PFAS, there is no detectable lead in MSU drinking water when it enters the distribution system. Because water is naturally corrosive, if small amounts of lead are present in existing plumbing materials, lead could enter into drinking water if allowed to sit for several hours. To prevent this, MSU employs a comprehensive corrosion protection regimen, consisting of the use of phosphate additives. MSU has been testing for lead and other contaminants since 1992, and the water results consistently have been in full compliance, with lead levels below the action level of 15 parts per billion.
We have a highly qualified staff of water utility professionals who understand the importance of the water quality for our community. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality drinking water and continue to meet or exceed all state and federal regulatory requirements.
Our Water Quality Report is available online with complete quality testing results.