COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio State University is now testing the water at one of its apartment complexes after samples from some units showed elevated levels of lead.
In an email to residents of Buckeye Village, the university said it randomly tested 19 of the units in the complex, which contains about 400 units. Five units showed elevated lead levels in “non-flush” tests, where water sits unused for at least six hours.
Four of those five apartments were vacant, and all five apartments showed normal levels of lead in “flush” tests, where water is run for a minute or two prior to testing.
Swarnendu Biswas and Tilottama Bandyopadhyay moved into Buckeye Village a month ago. They said they received the email from OSU on Tuesday night, advising them about the test results.
“It was a bit worrying,” Biswas said. “They said this was just a precautionary email and they wanted everyone to be careful and especially pregnant woman with babies.”
Biswas and Bandyopadhyay said they had been able to get a supply of bottled water from the community center next to their apartment building.
“It’s been identified there’s an issue and we want to make sure that we’re taking extra precautions, out of an abundance of caution,” Dan Hedman, a university spokesperson, said. “We’ve made bottled water available to all Buckeye Village residents. We’ll continue to do so until all units have been tested.”
Hedman said about 27 units were tested Wednesday, with another 50 expected Thursday.
The university emphasized that it also tested the water at the childcare center in Buckeye Village and found it was not affected.