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Campus Water

The Kettering University facilities staff proactively follows precise procedures to ensure the quality of the University’s water supply. These include safety procedures and independent testing of campus drinking water for general quality purposes. In 2015, amid concerns about the city of Flint’s water supply, Kettering University staff increased the frequency of its independent tests and began sharing those results publicly at Kettering University’s water is safe to drink and no issues with contaminants have been detected.

Water Quality Efforts

Kettering’s water system features

  • Modern water infrastructure
  • High flow-rates of water through our system, preventing water from “pooling”
  • No lead-copper transitions in main supply lines

Precautionary measures

  • Recurring testing of all drinking and food service water distribution points on campus and all six Flint Municipal Water system input supply lines
  • Use of regularly maintained and replaced NSF 53 certified filters on all drinking water supplies on campus
  • Replacement of filters occurs earlier than manufacturer recommendations
  • Water supply lines are flushed whenever construction occurs in the area surrounding campus
  • Ongoing replacement of drinking fountains on campus with filtered hydration stations

Testing results

  • Kettering University works with Brighton Analytical LLC, an independent lab based in Brighton, Michigan, to conduct independent recurring tests of its water supply lines and drinking/food service distribution points
  • Kettering has had no issue with lead in any test results since beginning independent testing
  • Results and lab verifications are available at
Kettering University students help distribute bottled water to Flint residents.

Proactive Response

  • Kettering University hosted engineers and scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on campus to conduct field testing and provide support to residents for three months during the water emergency | Full Story
  • The University received an award from the EPA Region 5 office for its support during the water emergency
  • Kettering University was recognized by the Harvard University Kennedy School for Public Policy for its response to the water emergency
As part of their commitment to community service Kettering students volunteered at a local food bank.

Community Support

    Dr. Laura Sullivan, Mechanical Engineering faculty member, has been a leading and trusted community resource in aiding the city’s recovery from the water emergency as a technical advisor using her background in materials science and engineering and as an activist supporting residents in Flint. Among her roles:

    • Appointed to the Flint Water Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
    • Advisor to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
    • Community activist who has worked with neighborhood groups on water accessibility and safety for more than two years
    • Working with Wayne State and medical researchers to study public health in Flint in relation to the water system | Full Story
    • Advisor to Kettering University Student Association for Global Engineering (SAGE), a group that has done service projects in neighborhoods throughout Flint
    • 2016 Kettering University Commencement Speaker | Watch Video
    A 3-D printed water filter adapter is shown by the Kettering University students who designed it to help with the water issues in Flint.

    • Dr. Benjamin Pauli, Liberal Studies faculty member, organized neighborhood canvassing volunteer opportunities for students to connect with and assist Flint residents during the water emergency | View Photos
    • A team of Kettering University students developed a 3D printed filter adapter for residents whose faucets could not connect with distributed filters | Full Story
    • Kettering University students worked on supply chain solutions to assist water distribution stations in efficiently handing out supplies to residents
    • Kettering University students contributed more than 1,000 volunteer hours to assist residents during the water emergency
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