Brown water in South dining hall determined to be from leak repair

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Recently South had problems with their water including the residents halls and dining halls.(Charlotte Lao/ The Daily Campus)

Recently South had problems with their water including the residents halls and dining halls.(Charlotte Lao/ The Daily Campus)

The brown water coming from the drink dispenser last week at South dining hall has been determined to be the result of a leak repair, said University of Connecticut spokesperson Stephanie Reitz in an email.

The water began showing discoloration in the afternoon dining hours of Sept. 19, but was rectified by the evening dining hours, Reitz said.

Reitz said issues in Snow Hall resulted in the need to shut the water supply down temporarily.

“Hot water was temporarily shut off to Snow Hall for about 90 minutes this morning while crews located and repaired a leak,” Reitz said.

Reitz said that the discolored water was an effect of turning the water back on immediately after repairs concluded.

“When the service is turned back on, the water can be discolored for a short time and then runs clean again as regular water pressure returns,” Reitz said.

Similar issues have occurred at various locations throughout UConn’s campus in recent years.

In Sept. 2016, residents at Hilltop Apartments reported brown water coming from their faucets and sinks. The issue was traced to a water heater that needed replacement in the Novello Building.

Another issue arose in Oct. 2016, when residents of Buckley and Shippee Halls, as well as Mansfield Apartments, reported brown water in their facilities.

Reitz said at the time that the discoloration is typically the result of routine maintenance and flushing of water lines.


Taylor Harton is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at taylor.harton@uconn.edu.

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