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Most drinking fountains safe to use at RCC

Three buildings at Rogue Community College's downtown Medford campus have safe drinking water, with tests pending at a fourth building.

Tests on drinking fountains on campus were prompted last month after an employee reported seeing cloudy water at a fountain in Building A. The fountain was closed, and preliminary tests showed lead levels were at 27 parts per billion, almost double the Environmental Protection Agency limit of 15 ppb. Copper levels also were above EPA guidelines, at 1.65 parts per million. The safe threshold is 1.3 ppm.

RCC reported Thursday that preliminary results showed water in buildings B, C and G on the Riverside campus is safe to consume, though exact test numbers were not available.

Warning signs remain in place at the campus's Higher Education Center building, because tests on the water there are not yet complete. All Building A water fountains will remain closed until additional tests and any necessary repairs are finished.

Fountains at the Table Rock campus in White City and the Redwood campus in Grants Pass remain open, but community college officials said tests on those fountains are being conducted.

"We are testing them just out of caution," said RCC spokesman Grant Walker.

Results will be reported as tests are completed, Walker added.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.