Update: Precautionary boil water advisory lifted for Wood Hall

Contact: Paula M. Davis
Update: The precautionary boil water advisory issued for Wood Hall has been lifted. The city of Kalamazoo lifted the advisory Sunday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. It was originally issued late Thursday, Jan. 3.

Those in the affected building can now use water for consumption as well as all other purposes. Bacteriological sampling within the affected area verified the water is safe to drink.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The city of Kalamazoo has issued a precautionary boil water advisory affecting Wood Hall in connection with a water main leak and subsequent repair. No other buildings on campus are affected. In lieu of boiling water for the recommended two minutes, bottled water should be used for consumption. Water fountains in the building will not be accessible for use during the advisory period.
Officials expect the advisory to be lifted by Sunday, Jan. 6, following lab testing of water samples. 
City officials issued an advisory for this classroom building because the water main repair work resulted in a temporary loss of water pressure. But the advisory is precautionary; there have not been any confirmed tests showing bacteria present in the water main at the location of the repair. 
The city's advisory is being issued in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department for all water intended for drinking, ingestion or any consumptive purposes. During the precautionary advisory, it is safe for anyone in Wood Hall to use the water for personal hygiene. However, bottled water must be used for drinking, and potable water is available in buildings surrounding Wood Hall. 
Officials say that initial water sampling results will be available within 24 hours of collection, and the final set of results will be available within 48 hours. Updates on the status of the advisory will be posted on the WMU news website as they become available.
For more information, contact Facilities Management at (269) 387-8514 or Environmental Health and Safety at (269) 387-5588.
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