Operation of the University's water supply includes provision of an adequate amount of safe and satisfactory water for domestic, commercial, and public use; compliance with all laws, regulations, and orders; uninterrupted operation of the water treatment plant and of the distribution system; and maintenance of good relations with members of the University family served and with the general public.
The Sanitary Survey Evaluation Report is an OPEA requirement that occurs every three years. OPEA officials inspect the well field, water plant, department records, operations in general, record of compliance with water quality standards, licensing compliance, and continuing education requirements for the operators over those past three years. They also look for the weakest or least improved component in the system and require that it is brought up to the surrounding capacity so that we have a qualified system. Our wells, filtration, pumping capacity, storage capacity, and water transmission lines must be matched to OPEA standards.
Upgrades over the last 10 years include new and better wells, an approved Wellhead Protection Plan, improved filtration capacity due to two new iron/manganese filters installed, total re-piping of the pump house, increased pumping capacity with one more high speed pump installed, and increased raw water piping capacity with the 6" raw water line that was pulled under the highway and connected to the water plant. The last two inspections have resulted in an excellent rating for the university water system.
Apart from the Evaluation Report, a Water Quality Report is written each year for the previous calendar year. It is mandated by the OPEA and must be delivered to everyone at the University, student or faculty/staff member. Paul Mitchell writes the report and e-mails it to every person on campus. The plumbers place a notice in the lobbies of the dorms and administrative buildings as well.
You may access the University's most recent Annual Water Quality Report here [pdf].