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Campus water safe by start of work and classes on Monday

July 22, 2012

Facilities Services was working Sunday to flush all faucets to ensure that campus tap water would be safe by the start of classes and work on Monday.

The action follows the boil-water notice issued on Saturday for areas of the city west of the Willamette River after the discovery of bacterial contamination in the water supplies. On Sunday morning, the city declared the water safe again.

Michel George, associate vice president for facilities, said Facilities Services staff was working its way through the buildings on all three Lewis & Clark campuses on Sunday to flush out the faucets in accordance with the safety procedures issued by the city. Before west-side residents drink tap water again, the city recommends that all faucets be run for two minutes or until the water runs cold.

“Our assumption is all of our buildings except those that are unoccupied will be taken care of before 8 a.m. tomorrow,” George said on Sunday morning.