At this time Belmont’s campus is functioning, and the scattered interruptions of power that were being experienced are being addressed. In addition, Belmont’s Plant Operations team has been hard at work today to improve the air conditioning issues across campus and have developed a process to use recycled flood water to cool Belmont’s systems. Thanks to these efforts, the temperature in most Belmont buildings should be improving.
However, the water pressure situation appears to be degrading on campus due to issues with the Metro Water system, which are impacting plumbing in many buildings particularly on higher floors. Campus officials continue to assess this situation and are in communication with Metro Water in order to make appropriate decisions.
In response to these issues we are opening the Beaman Student Life Center 24/7 so that additional restrooms and shower facilities will be available to residents. Additional security and maintenance will be present on campus to support and provide additional services.
In addition, here are some guidelines for dealing with the water pressure issues:
1) Only use restrooms on the lowest level of any building. Restrooms and shower facilities on the first floor of the Beaman Student Life Center will be available 24/7 to any students who would like to use them.
2) If you are using a flush-valve system (i.e. one where a tank is not present), activate the lever and hold it for several seconds three times to maximize the ability of the water to flush. If in a residence hall or apartment with a tank toilet, please allow plenty of time for the tank to re-fill before flushing again.
3) Finally, please remember that all of Davidson County is being asked by Mayor Karl Dean to use only half of their normal water consumption due to the flooding of a water treatment plant that services Nashville.
Please keep in mind that this is an ongoing situation, and we will continue to update you with any new developments.