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Water testing in Lake Linden shows nothing out of ordinary

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Water burbles from a fountain at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Monday. Copper and lead levels in the district’s water are well below federal action levels, according to testing performed by White Water Associates in October and November.

LAKE LINDEN — Voluntary waster testing at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools revealed nothing out of the ordinary, Superintendent Craig Sundblad said Monday.

“We’re pleased,” he said. “We thought it would be that way, but now we know for sure,” he said.

Sundblad said the district decided to test the water after other areas in the state reported it as an issue.

Test results for copper and lead given to the district last week show the levels well below anything that would cause concern. White Water Associates of Amas conducted tests in October and November.

Testing was done at the hot lunch kitchen site and water fountains in the elementary and high school gyms, second floor and third floor.

Copper levels at five water sources in the building ranged from 62-150 micrograms per liter. The Environmental Protection Agency’s typically doesn’t require action for anything below 1,300.

A similar gap exists with lead. It was not detected at two sites; the highest of the others was 0.22 micrograms per liter. The EPA action level is 15.

“It’s a good feeling to have that done and know that,” said Trustee Lori Ambuehl.

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