Lead found in Jacobetti water


Winter Keefer

The Jacobetti Complex closed yesterday and will remain closed for the remainder of the week after a test revealed elevated lead levels in the building’s water.

The test was conducted after a recent water line repair revealed unexpected sediment, NMU Chief Marketing Officer Derek Hall said.

“Where it came from, we don’t know,” Hall said. “That’s what we have to determine.”

According to a university statement, additional water samples were taken by Tri-media Environmental and Engineering Services yesterday in order to conduct more comprehensive testing of the water at two independent laboratories. The testing will take place today. Once results are returned, an action plan will be developed if needed.

“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 in a statement. “We are taking the necessary precautions now and will make decisions once the additional water tests are completed.”

At this time, all classes and events planned in the Jacobetti will be cancelled for the remainder of the week.