Campus Announcement

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Based on initial data from water-quality tests, officials have determined that water is safe for drinking and cooking on all areas of the NC State campus.

To ensure campus community safety, officials are continuing to monitor water quality.

The campus community may continue to notice "cloudy" water from the taps, which is a natural result of system flushing and not a cause for concern.

We appreciate the patience of the NC State community as campus water safety was confirmed.

Updated at 5:15pm


The water system on north campus has been flushed and sampled. The university is now awaiting results from tests on the samples to ensure the quality of the water.

The affected area is between Western Boulevard and Hillsborough Street, Method Road and Pullen Road on main campus.

As a natural result of system flushing, the water may be cloudy.

As soon as data becomes available, we will provide further updates.

Updated at 9:20am

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Updated information regarding the Campus Water Quality Announcement distributed Wednesday afternoon at NC State.

As previously communicated, an odor in the water was identified at three locations on the main NC State campus. Although there is no indication of danger to human health, as a precaution the campus community is asked not to use water on main campus for drinking, cooking or other ingestion until further notice. The campus water is okay for hand washing and showering. The affected area includes the NC State campus between Western Boulevard and Hillsborough Street, Method Road and Pullen Road.

Health and Safety personnel are sampling and testing water on campus, and facilities staff are flushing the water system. The university has taken measures to ensure food in dining halls is prepared without use of tap water. The university is providing bottled water and drinks to residence halls, dining facilities and summer youth camps.

Please see the following Q&A for answers to address specific questions from the campus community and visitors to campus.

Q: Can I eat at the dining halls on campus?
A: Yes. Dining halls have taken all precautions to ensure food being prepared is without tap water. Dining halls are providing canned beverages and using paper/plastic utensils.

Q: Can I wash my hands campus?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I shower on campus?
A: Yes, but do not ingest the water.

Q: Can I brush my teeth on campus?
A: It is recommended you use bottled water, not tap water, for brushing your teeth.

Q: My children are at sports or other youth camps., will there be safe water?
A: Yes. The university is providing plenty of safe water and sports drinks for youth campers. Although coaches will remind campers and signs should be posted, it is suggested you remind children not to drink from the water fountains.

Q: I live in the residence halls. Is there safe water?
A: On main campus, please do not drink or otherwise ingest water until further notice. Bottled water is being provided to all residence halls in the meantime.

Q: Can I boil water for use?
A: We recommend simply using bottled water until water sample tests are complete.

Updated at 6:25pm


An odor in the water was identified at three locations in the vicinity of Cates Avenue on main campus. As a precaution, the campus community is asked not to use water on main campus for drinking or cooking purposes until authorities can conduct testing, flush the system and confirm the water is safe for consumption.

This process could take one to two days to complete. The campus community is encouraged to bring drinking water to campus on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29.

If you notice that the drinking water in your building has an unusual odor, please contact the customer service center at 515-2991.

Additional information will be provided as more is learned. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Ken Kretchman at 515-6860.

Updated at 4:15pm