Classes resume at SDSU after water shortage shuts down campus

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SAN DIEGO – A broken main that cut the water supply to much of San Diego State University prompted school officials to cancel classes through 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“There’s no AC because there’s no water so it’s going to be super-hot,” said SDSU Nursing student, Brandon Vinzon. “Classes that require labs where water is needed they can’t have it so there’s no class.”

The university announced that classes would resume at 3:30 p.m.

Portable restrooms are located at each of the following locations: Cuicacalli, the Fowler Athletics Center, Campanile Walkway near Hepner Hall, Centennial Walkway, South Campus Green, University Towers and Chapultepec.

City of San Diego utility officials said a contractor digging near Rolando Boulevard and University Avenue hit a water main around noon. City water and utility officials were working to fix the broken pipe and should have repairs and water restored by 10pm.  SDSU, the College Area and Rolando customers were affected.

Rolando resident Pat Coffey and her visitor from Sweden Cecilia Forsberg live in a house just a block from the main rupture.

“She was washing the dishes, and that was working fine she was going to take her shower and she turned it on and no water,” said Rolando Resident, Pat Coffey.

Coffey's water was restored quickly, just an hour after it stopped. The City of San Diego says full water restoration is not expected until at least 10 p.m., Sept. 12 for all customers.

While water service resumed between noon and 1 p.m. in the school's residence halls, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, East Commons, West Commons, Cuicacalli and University Towers buildings, air conditioning will remain unavailable on campus until further notice.

University officials said that Aztec Market locations were open and serving prepackaged food, however other campus food sellers, including Starbucks and Chipotle, remained closed.

San Diego State University will likely continue to see fluctuations in water pressure at least through 10 p.m., Sept. 12.

Due to existing reports of low water pressure and continuing water interruptions, SDSU has posted portable restrooms with hand washing stations in various locations throughout campus as the water outage continues, and the possibility of further interruption to water.

"SDSU Alert: The City of San Diego has confirmed a water break off campus that is impacting SDSU. SDSU is in communications with the city and will have updates as they come," campus officials tweeted around noon.

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