Update: Jacobetti Complex closed tomorrow for flushing water out

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UPDATE– Northern Michigan University received the results from one of the independent labs tests Thursday afternoon that revealed lead levels well below the legal limits. The comprehensive water testing included multiple samples from the hot, cold and culinary water systems in the Jacobetti Complex. The building will remain closed Friday, February 16, to allow the maintenance staff the opportunity to flush the water systems as an additional precaution. The building will be open Saturday for regular business.

Derek Hall, NMU Spokesperson says, “We’re going to advantage of that day and basically flush the system. The hot water, cold water, culinary, all of that. You run all of the water through, clean out the screens at the sinks. We’re starting fresh. We have solid tests that tell us what our water is right now, flush it out and this is the baseline going forward.”

Additionally, NMU officials have decided to test the water in all campus buildings to establish a water quality baseline for campus. Testing will commence this weekend.

Water test reports will be posted at www.nmu.edy/Jacobettiwater as soon as possible.

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University officials announced the closure of the Jacobetti Complex at 5:30pm, Wednesday, February 14 after a water test revealed elevated lead levels.

According to a press release from the university, 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, February 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.

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