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Ohio University provides resources to students affected by water main break


Update issued at 4:10 p.m.: Ohio University’s Athens Campus remains closed. Classes are cancelled for the evening. We will be posting another update at approximately 7 p.m. 

The City of Athens continues to work on repairs for the water main break. The boil order remains in effect until further notice from the City.

Although water pressure may be present in some buildings, please conserve water at this time.

The Living Learning Center will continue with plans to extend their hours to be open all night long to serve as a water bottle pickup location for anyone affected in the campus community who needs water through the duration of the boil order. 

Drinking water is being made available on campus to all students at the following distribution points: 

  • All Residence Hall Lobbies
  • Residential Dining Halls
  • Living Learning Center

A full list of Dining Facilities that are open and operating include:

  • Nelson Court
  • Nelson Market
  • The District on West Green
  • Boyd Market
  • Shively Court
  • Shively Grab n’ Go
  • The Jefferson Marketplace
  • The Hungry Cat Food Truck

The Athens Community Center is currently open and is serving as a water distribution point for the community. They have available restroom and shower facilities for the public, as well. Ohio University students, faculty and staff can use their Bobcat Pass to ride Athens transit routes 2 and 3 to and from the Athens Community Center. 

Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) has arranged for 75 Port-A-Johns to be placed in residential areas on campus, including:

  • Center of South Green
  • On the West Green in front of Boyd Hall and on the green space between Wilson Hall and James Hall
  • Behind Bromley Hall
  • Behind Memorial Auditorium
  • North Green – Near Voigt Hall on the green space adjacent to E. Union St. 
  • Convocation Center Pass Gate
  • Distributed down E. Green Drive
  • Behind Scott Quadrangle
  • Top of Baker University Center on Park Place
  • In front of the Living Learning Center
  • University Service Center

FMS is also placing water tankers on campus for use in manually flushing toilets in the residence halls. It is important to note that that the water is not potable and should not be consumed.

A detailed map to locate available restroom facilities, including ADA/Accessible Port-A-Johns, and water distribution points is available online

Please note that all essential second- and third-shift employees are expected to report to work as regularly scheduled. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor.

The University will provide another update about operating status at approximately 7 p.m. today. Visit ohio.edu/alert for more information. 


As of noon on Feb. 16, 2017, Ohio University’s Athens Campus remains closed. Evening classes and activities are cancelled at the Ohio University Athens Campus for the rest of the day.

At 10 a.m., the City of Athens issued a boil order for the entire City of Athens, including all locations at Ohio University, effective until at least 12:01 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. 

The Living Learning Center will extend their hours to be open all night long to serve as a water bottle pickup location for anyone affected in the campus community who needs water through the duration of the boil order. 

Drinking water is being made available on campus to all students at the following distribution points: 

  • All Residence Hall Lobbies
  • Residential Dining Halls
  • Living Learning Center

A full list of Dining Facilities that are open and operating include:

  • Nelson Court
  • Nelson Market
  • The District on West Green
  • Boyd Market
  • Shively Court
  • Shively Grab n’ Go
  • The Jefferson Marketplace
  • The Hungry Cat Food Truck

A detailed map to locate available restroom facilities and water distribution points is available online. ADA/Accessible Port-A-Johns are en route to campus. The map will be updated throughout the day to indicate their location. 

The Athens Community Center is currently open and is serving as a water distribution point for the community. They have available restroom and shower facilities for the public, as well. Ohio University students, faculty and staff can use their Bobcat Pass to ride Athens transit routes 2 and 3 to and from the Athens Community Center. 

Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) has arranged for 75 Port-A-Johns to be placed in residential areas on campus, including:

  • Center of South Green
  • On the West Green in front of Boyd Hall and on the green space between Wilson Hall and James Hall
  • Behind Bromley Hall
  • Behind Memorial Auditorium
  • North Green – Near Voigt Hall on the green space adjacent to East Union Street 
  • Convocation Center Pass Gate
  • Distributed down East Green Drive
  • Behind Scott Quadrangle
  • Top of Baker University Center on Park Place
  • In front of the Living Learning Center
  • University Service Center

FMS is also placing water tankers on campus for use in manually flushing toilets in the residence halls. It is important to note that that the water is not potable and should not be consumed.

Please note that all essential second- and third-shift employees are expected to report to work as regularly scheduled. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor.

The University will provide another update about operating status at approximately 4 p.m. today. Visit ohio.edu/alert for more information. 

Information and tips regarding boil orders

A “boil order” is a precautionary measure. The Ohio EPA recommends public water suppliers issue a boil order anytime the pressure in the water distribution system drops below 20psi and the system is compromised due to a water main break, local flooding, structure fires, or even regular operational maintenance. Based on careful analysis by water system personnel, boil orders are only issued for specific areas, and usually for not more than 28 hours.
 
 
Here are some tips to keep in mind if a boil order is issued in your area:

-Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.

-Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.

-To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.

-Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!

-Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.

-Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.

-To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.

-Dispose of ice cubes made when a boil order is in place.

-When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleac h per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.

-Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.

-Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer receiving chemotherapy, organ transplant recipients, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, elderly people, and infants may be more susceptible to infection by Crytosporidium and other microbial contaminants, and should be extra careful.
 
Remember, a boil order does not mean the water is definitely contaminated, but your public water provider cannot know for sure until 24 hours after a sample is taken, as that is when the test is read. The City of Athens automatically lifts boil orders at the 24 hour mark if the tests come back that no contaminant is present. Please call the boil order hotline at 740-594-5078 for more information on this boil order. General information from the EPA/CDC on appropriate means to lessen infection risk is available at 1-800-426-4791.