Students and staff at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. are being warned not to drink the water from about two dozen fountains on campus due to high levels of lead.

"We've got signs posted at sinks, primarily in our administrative and academic buildings," said Scott Roberts, Acadia's Executive Director of Communications and Marketing.

"Just telling people that the water in the sink is for hand washing only."

High lead levels were discovered during water testing this summer.

Roberts said the university is already taking steps to deal with the problem, installing filters and flushing lines.

"It's something that we're going to have to continue to do. The flushing is something that we will have to continue to do, the filters are permanent installations in those fountains," he said.

Roberts said the problem only pertains to fountains and sinks in administrative buildings. Water in the residences have tested safe.

"The students who live in residence can feel confident," said Roberts. "The water doesn't exceed the maximum concentration so they can have a drink of water or brush their teeth or whatever."