UTES is adhering to the City of Austin Notice on Water Safety. The campus has taped off all drinking fountains and water bottle dispensaries so that they cannot be used. Bottled water has been purchased to cover the drinking needs for staff and students. However, we are asking all parents to send their child to school with a water bottle. Additionally, each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer for use after handwashing.
Dear university community:
I want to provide the latest information about how the campus is responding to the city’s water notice and will continue to provide updates via email as the situation develops.
After learning from city officials about the notice this morning, the university immediately began developing contingency plans to provide bottled water at stations on campus. We will share more information about those plans once they are set. In the interim, you are encouraged to follow City of Austin instructions to boil water (e.g., on stovetops, in microwaves) prior to drinking it, preparing food with it or brushing your teeth.
If you live off campus, you should also bring any water that you may need during the day with you.
We have no plans to close campus or cancel classes. On-campus dining halls are open and providing bottled water to their customers. As this situation progresses, some of the menu options on campus may also change, but we do not yet expect any additional impact in the dining halls.
Facilities Services and building managers are covering drinking fountains on campus. As a reminder, please do not drink from water fountains, sinks, or showers on campus.
The City of Austin and the university ask that you conserve water as much as possible to help us manage water supply.
We will continue to post updates on social media and respond to questions to @UTAustinSafety. New updates and responses to frequently asked questions will be posted on emergency.utexas.edu later today.
Again, we greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation. More updates will be provided as they become available.
Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety