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University officials say water is potable in CCB

By Elizabeth Saulsbury
On March 19, 2014

  • Rebecca Ingram

The water in the Campus Center Building is safe for drinking.
According to Daniel O'Brien, director of environmental health for East Tennessee State University, the building's drinking water is completely potable.
"By no means is anything toxic on campus," O'Brien said.
Some occupants of the Campus Center Building have been concerned about whether or not the facility's water was safe for drinking. O'Brien said that the age of some of the university's pipes might be a concern for some.
"There are some buildings on campus with older pipes," said O'Brien. "Old buildings are what they are."
Some of the Campus Center Building's occupants were unaware that the toxicity of the water in the facility might be an issue.
"I drink the water all the time, but we filtrate it," said Maria Lovelady, a graduate student who works in the Language and Culture Resource Center, located in the building.  "I don't know anything about the condition of [the water]."
Filtration systems and water coolers are used by several offices in the Campus Center Building. According to Sandra Ritchie, office coordinator for the Department of Distance Education, the e-learning office utilizes a water cooler.
In fact, several older buildings on the university's campus make use of filtration systems. "Brooks Gym is a good example," O'Brien said. "We have hydration systems in that building."
The Campus Center Building formerly housed the James H. Quillen College of Medicine. The facility was given its current name in 2011, and houses a variety of offices and exhibits, including the George L. Carter Railroad Museum and the Department of Women's Studies, Theatre and Dance.
O'Brien said the quality of the building's water should not be a cause of worry. The water in the Campus Center Building is as drinkable as the water in any other Johnson City building.  
"We're on Johnson City water, so we're no different from any other buildings that receive that water," O'Brien said.

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