MARQUETTE — Last week, water samples from Northern Michigan University were tested for lead levels.

Results show that each building had individual water fixtures that test over the action level of 15 parts per billion. Now, NMU has reopened the buildings that have been affected by the readings, offering other methods to drink water. All drinking fountains will be made inoperable, and each source of contaminated water will be examined carefully.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to it, really,” said NMU Spokesperson Derek Hall. “One sink might be good, the next one might not. We’re fairly confident it’s not sourced to the building, so we really have to investigate individual fixtures one–by–one, so that’s what we’re doing.”

Although this process was unexpected, Hall is thankful for the timing of the project, and that most students are home for the summer. The timeline for the completion of the project is unknown.

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