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Boil Water Notice Issued for University of Mississippi Main Campus

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Due to the break and the loss of water pressure, a boil water notice has been issued for the University of Mississippi Oxford campus and will remain in effect until at least Saturday. This means any water that comes from the university’s water system should be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed.

Use bottled water or boil water for 1 min before consuming.Those who do not have the ability to boil water should use bottled water until the alert is lifted.

Facilities Management has isolated the leak in the broken water main and repairs are underway. It was expected to be repaired Thursday night. Guyton Hall and some buildings around Guyton do not have water. We have received reports of low water pressure in other areas of campus.

This area includes ALL campus buildings — residence halls, office buildings, academic buildings, and athletic venues. This does not include the Jackson Avenue Center.

Please take this precautionary measure until further notice.

Students will be notified via RebAlert, email, UM Today, and Twitter when the boil water alert is lifted. Health department protocols require clean tests for two consecutive days before lifting the alert. As a result, the earliest this alert can be lifted will be Saturday.

Checklist for Safe Water Use

DO NOT:

Do not drink tap water while the water system is under boil water advisory.

Do not drink from water fountains in parks or public/private buildings that receive water from the system.

Do not use ice made from water today. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.

Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices or fountain soft drinks.

Do not use tap water to make tea or coffee unless the brewing process brings the water to a boil for at least one minute.

DO:

Wash your dishes in boiled water, bottled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.

Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water.

Wash your hands and bathe as usual.

Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.

Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.

Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.

Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will destroy all major types of harmful bacteria.

REMEMBER: Fish in aquariums are not affected.

For updates, visit olemiss.edu/emergency.

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