Water main break complicates living situations in Oliver Hall

Water services have been shut off for Kansas Journalism Institute (KJI) campers staying in Oliver Hall on KU’s campus due to a water main break on the North side of campus caused by road construction. Director Jeff Browne of the KU Journalism department was alerted by the city of Lawrence about the break around 10:37 a.m., and Lawrence Waterworks has been contacted for repairs. Browne expects the water system to be back to normal by Tuesday morning.

“I’m just concerned about [the campers] at this point,” Browne said. “I want to make sure that they are safe and that they are comfortable because being without water is not an option for very long where [they are] living.”

Browne said the break complicates living situations for 126 teenage campers, leaving them with no access to drinking water, showers and even toilets. He advises them to get water from other buildings, such as the following areas on campus:

Since it is unclear when the water will be turned back on, campers will have to adapt to the situation and be prepared for anything. However, Lawrence Waterworks is expected to arrive for repairs by 12:30 p.m.

Check back for updates and interviews with campers, construction workers, repairmen and more, or track #KJI50 on Twitter.


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