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Waterline break resolved within 24 hours

By Sean Callahan

On Feb. 16 at 12:50 p.m., Carol Riddle, coordinator of marketing and communications, posted a campus announcement on the MySV portal, which informed the Saint Vincent community that a waterline had broken in the area, according to the Latrobe Municipal Authority.

Riddle specified that the waterline break could result in loss of water and water pressure, as well as generally dirty water. She requested that the laundry facilities not be used on campus. A staff writer of The Review corroborated these claims, noting brown water from faucets and toilets in their residence hall.

Bob Baum, dean of students, reiterated Riddle’s campus announcement that same day in an email to the SVC community at 3:22 p.m. He wrote that bottled water was to be delivered to every residence hall lobby, until the tap water ran clear again.

On Feb. 17, at 9:48 a.m., Baum emailed the SVC community, informing them that the Library’s Barista would be open for meal exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., due to the water problem. Later that day, at 12:51 p.m., he sent another email to the community, writing that the water problem had been resolved.

As of Feb. 20, there have been no additional campus-wide reports of dirty water or poor water pressure.


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