Wright State University operates its own public drinking water system that draws water from the Mad River Buried Valley Aquifer. The Water Treatment Plant has been supplying drinking water to the university since 1977. Wright State meets and usually exceeds the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. A report about the water quality titled the Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report is created and disseminated annually to the campus community. This report contains general health information, water quality test results, potential sources of drinking water contamination, and persons to contact regarding the Wright State water system. This report is required by the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Regulations governing the content and other requirements for this report can be found in Federal rule 40 CFR 141.151 through 155. We have a current, unconditional license to operate our water system.
Water drawn from the wells is treated at the Water Treatment Plant by aeration, iron and manganese filtration, water softening, and chlorine disinfection. The Water Supply Plant is operated and maintained by university employees certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Wright State University Department of Environmental Health and Safety oversees the required sampling and analysis of the drinking water. In 2009 the Water Supply Plant produced 78.8 million gallons of potable water for the university. The Water Supply Plant supplies drinking water to Wright State main campus buildings, Hamilton Hall, and the Rockafield House. Forest Lane and other student resident apartments receive their water from the City of Fairborn.
Wright State University is required to conduct sampling for certain bacteria, inorganic, synthetic organic, volatile organic and radiological contaminants as set forth by the EPA. Over the last five years (the required reporting time frame of this report) samples were collected for over 105 different contaminants (some more than once), most of which were not detected in the drinking water supply. Over 794 water samples were taken in 2009. The EPA also requires certain operational data to be monitored by water plant personnel. This includes water volume production rates, hardness levels, iron and manganese levels, and levels of chlorine in the water for disinfection. Information on operational data can be obtained by contacting the Physical Plant Department.
Wright State University has an emergency connection with the City of Fairborn for use during emergency conditions and only after approval from the city. Such emergencies include, but are not limited to: power failures, fires, maintenance or repairs, and severe drought. On average this connection is used three times a year with each use usually less than eight hours in duration. This report does not include information on the water supplied from the City of Fairborn. A copy of Fairborn’s Consumer Confidence Report can be obtained by contacting the Fairborn Water Department at (937) 754-3097.