UPDATE: Jacobetti Complex still closed on NMU's campus

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE Feb. 15 5:55 p.m.
Northern Michigan University's Jacobetti Complex is still closed Thursday night, after a water test revealed elevated lead levels. The single test was conducted after a recent water line repair and NMU staff noticed unusual sediment during the repair.

The complex was shutdown Wednesday and is expected to remain closed until Friday night.

Additional water samples have been sent to two independent labs. One lab has already given their results, finding lead levels below the legal limit.

"This is a big building on our campus. There was supposed to be a banquet here tonight. That was cancelled. We're supposed to have 150 high school kids visiting here tomorrow. That was cancelled. We shut the building down immediately once we got the test results from that original test," said NMU Spokesperson Derek Hall.

To prevent anything like this from happening again in the future, NMU will test all water on campus to make sure everything is safe. For more information, click here.

UPDATE Feb. 15 9:30 a.m.
Northern Michigan University officials announced the closure of the Jacobetti Complex at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 14 after a water test revealed elevated lead levels. The single test was conducted after a recent water line repair.

Additional water samples were taken today by Tri-media Environmental and Engineering Services for more comprehensive testing at two independent laboratories on Thursday, Feb. 15 and an action plan will be developed, if needed, once results are returned.

“Out of an abundance of caution we closed the building and cancelled classes for the remainder of the week immediately after learning of the issue with the water. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our priority,” said NMU President Fritz Erickson. “We are taking the necessary precautions now and will make decisions once the additional water tests are completed.”

NMU officials are conferring with Marquette City Public Works Department and will contact the Marquette County Health Department Thursday.

At this time, all classes and events scheduled for the Jacobetti Complex are cancelled through Friday evening. The URL nmu.edu/jacobettiwater was created to provide the most current information to students, employees and the public.

Northern Michigan University Public Safety Department has an alert for students, faculty, and visitors. Because of a water issue, the Jacobetti Complex is closed and classes will be canceled on Wednesday night, and all day there on Thursday and Friday this week.

School officials said they will reassess the situation on Friday.

No other details have been released at this time.

This is a developing story. TV6, FOX UP, the TV6 & FOX UP mobile app, and UpperMichigansSource.com will have the latest details as they are made available.

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