Water shut off for all of East Quad and Pilot House

By Olivia Sanchez | February 27, 2018 10:32am

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Flooding in the East Quad is due to a "water main break" according to Vice President for Operations Jim Ravelli.
by Claire Desmarais / The Beacon

Update: The water service was restored to all buildings affected at around 1 p.m., according to an email sent out to all students. Vice President of University of Operations Jim Ravelli said that there would still be some continued water discoloration on and in the vicinity of campus.

"The City of Portland has confirmed this water discoloration is normal after a large flow disruption," Ravelli said in the email. "We have been told the water is safe to drink and the sediment will settle shortly."

Ravelli said the water should be back to normal soon.

Water service has been shut off Tuesday morning for the East Quad, including the Pilot House, Waldschmidt Hall and Swindells Hall due to a plumbing issue that has caused flooding.

Vice President of Operations Jim Ravelli alerted the campus community to the water shut-off via email, saying “Crews are working to restore the water service as soon as possible.”

It is not clear when water service will be restored in the East Quad, but as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, it is off in Kenna Hall, Shipstad Hall, Christie Hall, Swindells Hall, Waldschmidt Hall and the Pilot House.

The Pilot House will continue serving food, despite the water shut off, according to Bon Appetit General Manager Kirk Mustain. 

"We are going  to paper as we cannot wash dishes. We are backing up food from The Commons and have put together temporary hand wash stations," Mustain told The Beacon. "We won’t have fountain beverages or espresso but we should be able to make do until water comes back on."

Senior Cole Preece said off campus houses are being impacted as well. He said he has spoke with a water bureau dispatcher who informed him that the surrounding neighborhood should be careful using water until further notice.

"He said to avoid using water, especially hot water so the sediment doesn’t get in the water heater," Preece told The Beacon.

The Beacon will continue to follow this story. 


Flooding in the East Quad is due to a "water main break" according to Vice President for Operations Jim Ravelli.
by Claire Desmarais / The Beacon


Flooding in the East Quad is due to a "water main break" according to Vice President for Operations Jim Ravelli.
by Claire Desmarais / The Beacon

Contact News and Managing Editor Olivia Sanchez at sancheol18@up.edu or on Twitter @OliviaRSanchez.
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