NMU buildings back open after water tests

Three educational buildings at Northern Michigan University, previously closed due to inconsistent lead levels found in water samples, are back open.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Upper Peninsula university has reopened three buildings that were closed for water testing.

On Wednesday, Northern Michigan University closed their Physical Education and Instructional Facility (PEIF), Thomas Fine Arts; and the Learning Resources Center after initial water tests found inconsistent lead level readings.

The buildings were reopened Monday after test results show each building had individual water fixtures that tested over the action level of 15 parts per billion.

According NMU officials, the EPA recommends making the water non-potable and continues to investigate individual water outlets that tested over the threshold.

Going forward, the university will be doing the following:

  • Label all water as non-potable in the three buildings
  • Making drinking fountains inoperable until testing says it is prudent
  • Supply drinking water
  • Investigate each fixture that measured high individually
  • Put water sources back online once testing shows acceptable levels

According to TriMedia Environmental, the testing indicates that the main water source to each the buildings is not the source of the lead contamination. In numerous locations a fixture tested high while a fixture a few feet away tested fine.

NMU is taking the needed steps to address the issue as quickly as possible.

School officials said all other buildings on campus successfully passed recent water tests.

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