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A city water pipe Pause left all three Litchfield and The Eatery towers without water on Tuesday. The approximately 1,800 students who currently live in the towers were notified of the blackout earlier today.
University spokesman Kevin Zwick said the outage is expected to last four to six hours and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority is currently working on repairs.
Thackeray Hall is also closed until further notice due to a water pipe rupture.
Elodie Prigent, a freshman teaching student, is one of the waterless residents of Tower B. They went to the bathroom at another residence and ate at Einstein Bagels instead of the dining room – a good choice for their taste buds. , added Prigent.
Prigent said they were much luckier than their roommate who went to the gym this morning and couldn’t shower. Prigent just moved to campus on Saturday.
“We get the college experience,” Prigent said jokingly.
Elizabeth Kelly, a first year pre-physiotherapy student, also had a positive outlook, though she couldn’t shower and brush her teeth after meeting with her counselor this morning. Kelly, who also lives in Tower B, joined Prigent on his trip to Einstein’s.
“The elevators weren’t working yesterday,” she says. “It’s just dorm life.”
Bottled water is provided to residents in the Towers Lobby, and there are alternative public toilets on the first floor of the William Pitt Union. There are other on-campus dining venues around the campus at Sutherland Hall, Posvar, the William Pitt Union, and the Cathedral of Learning, among others.
Zwick said the University apologizes for any inconvenience and that residents of Towers as well as any students with a meal plan will be notified of the resumption of water services.