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Please see the link below to read important information as required by the Department of Environmental Protection concerning water quality testing on campus.

University Information Concerning Test Results Reported Above


Misericordia University conducts water quality testing of the water produced by the wells on campus and has done so successfully for many years. The results of these tests are reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In a routine test of the standard 10 locations on campus, two were found to have higher than acceptable levels for lead. One location is a mop sink in a rarely used area of Gildea Hall. The other is a water fountain that has also fallen into disuse in the lower level of Mercy Hall. After inspection and flushing of those lines, a subsequent retest of all 10 locations indicated that water from those areas now passed the DEP benchmarks. In the interest of the well-being of our community, a third round of testing, including an expanded list totaling 25 water fixtures in multiple buildings serviced by the wells, all passed the DEP water quality standard for lead levels. Those results are available here LEAD AND COPPER TESTING CONDUCTED


The substandard test, however, has triggered a DEP required public posting for campus and visitors. That required content has been shared via email, bulletin board posts, and the university web page [web link]. Additional testing will occur this spring and next fall to ensure levels are acceptable. To be clear, with the exception of this single test of the rarely used mop sink in the basement of Gildea and the disused water fountain, our water has always passed the DEP testing. Our utility management service as well as our Facilities Department are monitoring the situation and conducting additional flushing and water conditioning as needed. Misericordia University properties along Lake Street, including the townhouses and Anderson Sport and Health Center, are subject to public water sources, not the wells, and are covered under that public utility’s testing program.


We will keep the campus informed regarding any additional developments.




Has MU ever failed a water quality test before?
No. This is the first on record. The same 10 sites are tested each time over many years. Both fixtures that were above standard have been retested along with many other fixtures not part of the normal testing program. The water from all has passed with results well below the DEP standard.
What locations did not pass the standard?
Only two. A janitor/mop sink in the lower level of Gildea Hall and a water fountain in the lower level of Mercy Hall. A lack of use of both fixtures is the likely cause of the concentration of metals in those areas. Both areas have been retested, and both now are well under the DEP standard for lead. LEAD AND COPPER TESTING RESULTS
What is the source of the water on campus?
Misericordia draws water from three of its own wells for most buildings on the main or upper campus. These sources are subject to the testing program. Until this recent test, there were no other incidents with university water on record. The Anderson Center, townhouses, and other university owned properties on Lake Street draw water from a public utility and are subject to that utility’s testing procedure.
If I have questions, whom should I contact?


Students and families with questions can contact Amy Lahart, Vice President of Mission and Student Life, at 570-674-6320 or AJ Nudo, Director of Residence Life, at 570-674-6287 or
Others with questions may contact James Roberts at or 570-674-6758.


When will the water be tested again?
The water will be tested again during the spring semester between January and June. The water will again be tested between July and December.
Is it safe to drink the water?


Yes. There are no restrictions on water consumption for drinking, cooking, etc. The water has been tested twice since the two fixtures were identified as being out of compliance and are now well below the standards for lead. University staff and our water management company are monitoring the situation and utilizing additional line flushing and water conditioning.


What can I do if I’m still concerned?
The water is safe to drink; however, the DEP suggests to run the water from any fixture for 15-30 seconds prior to using for drinking or cooking. Do not use hot water from the tap for cooking.  There is no need to boil water as that technique has no benefit to reduce lead in water.