First Advisor

Olyssa Starry

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and University Honors


Environmental Science


Drinking water -- Analysis -- Case studies, Drinking water -- Contamination -- Measurement -- Case studies, Portland State University




Clean drinking water is essential for human and environmental health, but pollution of drinking water sources due to lack of resources or investment allows poor drinking water quality to be pervasive even in developed areas. Portland State University, located in Portland, OR, U.S.A., had reports of poor drinking water quality in a major academic building (Cramer Hall). In order to investigate, a trace metals analysis of drinking water was conducted using EPA Method 200.7 Section 8.2: Dissolved Metals, via Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). Concentrations of 10 different metals were determined in 22 building areas. Results show the following metals present in one or more areas at levels above United States E.P.A. Maximum Contaminant Level Goals: Iron, Manganese, and Lead. Future research is being conducted to guide potential policy changes at the university.


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