Aug. 12, 2010

Ames water shutdown closes campus Thursday

by Diana Pounds

Iowa State University will be closed Thursday, Aug. 12, due to limited Ames city water service and the boil-water order on campus and in the city of Ames.

Employees whose functions are considered essential to campus operations should report to work. Supervisors determine whose functions are essential and should contact essential personnel as soon as possible. All other employees are encouraged not to report for work Thursday. Any employees with questions are urged to call their supervisors.

Detailed information on employee policies during campus closings are in the policy library and an FAQ.

Watch the university homepage and your e-mail for updates.

A large water main break Wednesday morning under Squaw Creek dropped water pressure in Ames to a dangerous level. Due to the possibility of contamination, the Ames water plant shut down water supply to its distribution community, including Iowa State University, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Until further notice, campus and city water should be considered potentially contaminated. Any water used for consumption must be brought to a full rolling boil for at least three to five minutes. Members of the university community are reminded to not use drinking fountains in any building.