MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University is closing three campus buildings as a precautionary measure to facilitate additional water testing after inconsistent lead level readings from limited test areas in each facility.
The PEIF, Thomas Fine Arts and the Learning Resources Center will remain closed until NMU receives expedited independent laboratory results—potentially over the weekend—and makes a determination of whether additional investigation and testing is required. Employees in the three impacted buildings should contact their supervisors about working arrangements for the remainder of this week.
University spokesperson Derek Hall says the building will be flushed Wednesday night. New samples will be taken Thursday morning. On Friday, the samples will be sent to a laboratory downstate, and results are expected by Saturday.
"Some of these buildings are more than 20 years old, so we have to figure out where our issues are and fix those issues as quickly as possible,” said Hall.
At this point, there is no cost estimate for testing the water.
University officials say they don't anticipate anyone who has used those facilities will need to seek healthcare.
Updated information will be available at www.nmu.edu/watertest.
NMU followed through on its pledge to test the water in more than 50 campus facilities to establish baseline measures. The move followed the two-day cautionary closure of the Jacobetti Complex in response to elevated lead readings. Later tests confirmed the Jacobetti levels are safe, falling below the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion.