Information Regarding Water Concerns in Dixon Hall

KU Campus Community:

Kutztown University has recently received inquiries regarding the presence of the legionella bacteria in the campus water supply, specifically Dixon Hall.

University officials identified, and responded to, the presence of small amounts of legionella bacteria in the water supply during routine annual testing in June 2019.  There are no immediate health or safety concerns for the campus community as a result of this.  It is not uncommon to find traces of legionella bacteria in water, and its evidence does not mean there is a health risk.  No reports of illness or cases of Legionnaires’ disease related to the university have been reported.

Kutztown University prioritizes the health and safety of its students, and the campus community.  Our actions in this instance fall in line with this principle.

The University developed a Water Management and Safety Plan in 2016 to proactively test the water throughout campus on, at minimum, an annual basis.  This plan includes the identification and treatment of systems susceptible to legionella growth. 

During routine testing in June 2019, legionella growth was detected on some of the shower heads and sink aerators in Dixon Hall.  Per our consultants’ recommendations, the entire system was thermally flushed (superheated water was run throughout the building) and all shower heads and sink aerators with traces of legionella were replaced.  Repeat testing showed there was still legionella present in the system.  Upon further recommendations, the university installed a chlorine monitoring and feed system for the building.

Again, KU prioritizes and takes proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.  There are no immediate health or safety concerns for the campus community regarding this issue.     

Further information on legionella and Legionnaires’ disease can be found at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html.

Kutztown University Office of University Relations