MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Initial testing of drinking water at Western Oregon University shows that the water is safe with results well below or below levels considered dangerous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During coming weeks, additional locations will be tested to ensure that all drinking water sources are safe and meet EPA requirements.
The water samples were collected by trained Physical Plant personnel under the direction of a certified DEQ third party lab. They were sent to outside labs for analysis, in compliance with the requirements set by Oregon's state education and public health agencies, which provided recommendations of certified laboratories. The sites tested thus far all tested within or well below the limits set by the EPA.
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.