Filtered Water: Locations & Standards
Filtered water fountains will be found at the following locations:
- Clark Tower: main floor lobby
- Computer Warehouse Building: main floor
- IHP: first floor
- Jacobsen Hall: main floor lobby
- Setnor Academic Building: architecturally significant existing fountains on all five floors have been retrofitted with filters
- Silverman Hall: main floor lobby
- Weiskotten Hall:
- Two new filtered fountains have been installed at either end of the first floor main corridor.
- A filtered water and ice machine has been installed in the first floor vending machine area near the student lounge.
- Four fountains in recently renovated areas on the 3rd and 4th floors already deliver filtered water: 3rd floor near rooms 3223 (SE wing) and 3242 (South wing), and 4th floor near rooms 4227 (SE wing) and 4257 (South wing).
- All water fountains in the Health Sciences Library are filtered, and all water fountains in the Weiskotten Hall Addition deliver filtered water.
These buildings are scheduled to have filtered water by the end of December:
- Building 49: One filtered water fountain will be installed on the main floor.
- Campus Activities Building: Two filtered water fountains will be installed – one on the main floor and one in the student exercise area.
- Day Care Center at Sarah Loguen Center: One filtered water fountain will be installed on the main floor.
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Meeting Filtration Standards
Upstate's new filtered water units meet standards 42 and 53, as established by ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) and NSF International, which facilitates the development of ANSI standards for the drinking water industry.
What the Standards Mean
- NSF/ANSI Standard 42: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Aesthetic Effects Overview: This standard covers point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems designed to reduce specific aesthetic or non-health-related contaminants (chlorine, taste and odor, and particulates) that may be present in public or private drinking water.
- NSF/ANSI Standard 53: Drinking Water Treatment Units - Health Effects Overview: Standard 53 addresses point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) systems designed to reduce specific health-related contaminants, such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, lead, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether), that may be present in public or private drinking water.
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