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Water main break disrupts campus

On Sept. 21, Carnegie Mellon reported that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority repaired a 20-inch water main break on Forbes Avenue.

Those signed up for Carnegie Mellon’s alert system received text message and call alerts shortly after 10 a.m. on the morning of the repair.

The text alerts read, “Main water line failure to Pittsburgh Campus[:] A main water line has failed causing disruption to most of [main] campus.”

An email sent out on Sept. 20 to campus members said that disruption to water service could occur between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sept. 21.

The email specified that 16 campus facilities were expected to be affected: Woodlawn Apartments, Margaret Morrison Apartments, Skibo Gym, Doherty Apartments, the Greek Quadrangle, and Roselawn, Stever, Mudge, Spirit, Hamerschlag, McGill, Boss, Henderson, Welch, Scobell, and Donner Houses. The university later listed more than 20 affected buildings on its alert website.

The email encouraged students to “reserve some drinking water before the service interruption” and said that restrooms were not to be used in the affected buildings, but could be used in other buildings not affected by the water main break.

Campus alerts were sent shortly after 12 p.m. on Sept. 21 informing campus members that the water main was repaired and all campus facilities were being serviced normally.

Carnegie Mellon’s Student Information Online (SIO) states that it uses students’ inputted mobile phone numbers to enroll them into the university’s emergency alert notification system so that they receive text and voice notifications from the university.

Updates to inputted SIO phone numbers are also updated automatically with the emergency alert notification system.