Mount Allison University

A Mount Allison environmental science professor wants more information about lead levels in campus water fixtures. (CBC)

Faculty and students at Mount Allison University say they want more information about high levels of lead in the campus water.

School officials say 10 buildings were tested last fall and it was discovered some water fixtures are leaching lead.

Fountains with problems have been turned off and warning signs put on them.

But environmental science professor Zoe Finkel wants more information such as which faucets were tested and details of each result.

"My understanding is that they have not tested all of the buildings and all of the places where people could consume lead. I'm not certain because it hasn't been transparent. And so if it hasn't been tested, we don't know that the levels are safe because we have found in some places that it's quite elevated," said Finkel.

Results 'widely available'

Zoe Finkel

Zoe Finkel, Mount Allison University environmental sciences professor, says there isn't enough signage up about elevated lead levels in water. (Mount Allison University)

"I don't think there's enough signage up, and just because we haven't tested the water doesn't mean that we don't have elevated levels because we've already found that there are places where the levels are quite high."

Faucets with lead problems are being replaced and a company will be chosen soon to continue testing on 11 remaining buildings, says university administration.

Finkel says she's requested specific results in meetings and through email, but she still hasn't received the information.

However, a summary of the results is "widely available," says David Stewart, vice-president of administration.

"We're a little reluctant to fire the complete reports out there that we gave to the departments concerned because it requires some understanding of how this happens and what the significance is," said Stewart.

Any water fixture tested that showed high concentrations of lead is clearly marked, he says.

Students continue to have access to the water in buildings that have not yet been tested.