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Community receives advisory to boil water

By Garrett Cecere

The College community received an advisory on Friday, Sept. 27, to boil water until further notice. 

Director of Risk Management Brian Webb notified the campus that morning via email, saying that Trenton Water Works issued the advisory to various communities in Mercer County.

The advisory, which affected residents of the College as well as Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, Hamilton and Hopewell, warned people to boil water for activities such as drinking, cooking and brushing teeth.

TWW said that it sent out the advisory as a precaution based on problems with the equipment it uses to supply the water.

“Chlorination levels (a water disinfection process) are too low due to an equipment malfunction in TWW’s water-distribution system. TWW personnel are working to rectify the problem,” the advisory read.

The advisory also stated that people should not swallow water while showering, drink from fountains or other bottle-filling stations or attempt to use filters in lieu of boiling.

Signs caution students not to drink from fountains or machines until further notice (Camille Furst / Managing Editor).

On campus, signs are posted on every water fountain, as well as on machines in dining halls, warning students not to drink from them until further notice.

In a campus-wide email on Friday afternoon, Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing and Brand Management Dave Muha announced that water would be distributed to residence halls. 

“The College will be receiving water deliveries throughout the weekend,” Muha wrote. “To ensure we have sufficient supply for all who need it, we may limit quantities at times.”

Muha also said that on Saturday, bottled water would be available to students with their ID cards in the Brower Student Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The advisory remained in place until after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. TWW lifted the advisory and reported that tests confirmed the water was safe.


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