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Update: UTC water found safe for consumption

5:00pm Sunday UTC-ALERT: Water quality testing today has confirmed that water supplied to campus by Tennessee American Water is safe for consumption, and officials have lifted a boil advisory. On-campus dining facilities have been cleared to resume all standard water usage, and students can resume all standard consumption and usage of water. 

Crews have flushed plumbing systems in all campus buildings to remove air or sediment that may have been inside water lines, but in the event of any problem, call UTC Police Department: 423-425-4357.

Noon Sunday UTC-ALERT Tenn American Water has issued a precautionary advisory to boil water. 

10:30am Sunday UTC-ALERT Due to a Health Department advisory, fountain drinks and iced beverages will not be served on campus until further notice. Students can resume all normal activities. Go to for more information. For more information on using tap water and cooking, go to the website for Tennessee American Water.

3:15pm Saturday UTC-ALERT Students across campus can resume all normal activities, including showers, laundry and cooking. More updates when new information is available.

11:30am SaturdayUTC-ALERT 

Water systems are coming back online methodically across campus and you will continue to see improvements as the day continues. By Sunday, all campus operations are expected to be back to normal.

Food service is now available at PODs at South and West Campus residence halls. At 4 p.m. today, Subway’s and Dippers will be open as usual. 

Remember, once your water is first back on, you may see some sediment or discoloration; this is normal and will stop after a few minutes. 

If you see a leak anywhere on campus, call UTC PD at 425-4357. If you have any concerns about safety, follow Tennessee American guidelines. 

Updates will be posted as soon as information is available.

9:30am SaturdayFrom Tennessee American – We wanted to provide our customers with an update on the water main break affecting Chattanooga. Tennessee American Water has completed repairs and water to the system is being restored. That could take several hours to restore water to higher elevations.

Important _ When water comes back on, if you experience air or discolored water run COLD tap with good pressure flow until it runs clear.

9:00am Saturday – Crews report overnight progress on water service repairs. Timing of restored water is still uncertain, but as you see water service return, follow Tennessee American Water guidance on safe usage: “As a precaution, we are asking customers to boil water before using for consumption.” See guidelines here.

Crews report overnight progress on water service repairs. Timing of restored water is still uncertain, but as you see water service return, follow Tennessee American Water guidance on safe usage: “As a precaution, we are asking customers to boil water before using for consumption.”

More information as it is available, and the next campus update here is anticipated to come shortly after 10 a.m.

3:30pm Friday – UTC-ALERT Water service is not expected to be restored before 8 pm tonight, possibly later. Food service and free bottled water are available in the POD locations in South Campus and West Campus housing until 7 p.m. today, Friday, and will resume at 11 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Students who need bottled water outside of these hours can request it from their Resident Assistant on call. Classes and events on campus Saturday are canceled. Employees required to report to work on Saturday will be notified by their supervisors.

12:34pm FridayFrom University Marketing and Communications

The water service outage affecting UTC and widespread areas of Chattanooga is now expected to continue as long as another 24 hours as crews with Tennessee American Water work to restore water service. Further developments on that will be shared as available. 

UTC residence halls are the top priority in ensuring their continued operation with minimal impact on students who live on campus. Services and resources in place to support students as campus remains closed today during the water outage include:

·         Food service from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the POD locations at South Campus and West Campus residence halls, where free bottled water also is being distributed.

·         Portable bathrooms and handwashing stations have been set up at all residence halls.

·         Mocs Express routes will run as scheduled with a Mocs Express Shuttle route to the Brainerd Road Wal-Mart.

Tennessee American Water releases map of affected area for water outage

From University Marketing and Communications

Friday 6:30am – While campus is closed today as a result of an ongoing water service outage, the following services will be available to support and serve students:

Food service and free bottled water will be available at West Campus and South Campus POD locations from 9 a.m. to  7 p.m. today.

Portable bathrooms and hand sanitizer stations are being delivered to all Residence Halls as soon as practical. 

Mocs Express routes will run as scheduled. 

Friday 5:30am – Campus is closed and classes are canceled today, Friday, as a result of an ongoing water service outage. A water main break occurred on Thursday night affecting a widespread area that includes downtown, north Chattanooga and all campus buildings. Tennessee American Water is working to restore water service as quickly as possible. More information will be provided as soon as it is available.

The annual State of the University address is being postponed to a later date.

Thursday PM – Due to a water main break in the area, water service to all buildings on the UTC campus has been interrupted. Crews with Tennessee American Water are working now to address the problem so that water service is restored as quickly as possible. More information will be provided when it is available.

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