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Campus Update on Water Pressure, May 5, 9 a.m.

Campus officials continue to monitor the water pressure situation and are in communication with Metro Water in order to take appropriate actions.
As of this morning, Metro Water’s system pressure continues to be an issue on campus, and restroom facilities in campus buildings and residence halls are not functioning consistently, especially on higher floors. In an effort to improve the situation, the university will be selectively limiting or reducing some water services or directing the campus population to other restroom facilities. We ask for everyone’s help and patience as we work together to remedy the current water pressure situation within our community.
Here are some additional guidelines for dealing with water pressure issues:
1) Only use restrooms on the lowest level of any building. In residence facilities, we encourage students to use public restrooms on lower floors or share the private restrooms of lower floors’ residents. Restrooms and shower facilities on the first floor of the Beaman Student Life Center will continue to 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. Today’s Tennessean offered additional information on the water issues and ways to conserve: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100505/NEWS01/5050370/Shortage+is+likely+if+residents+don+t+conserve+water
Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we all attempt to address the impact of this weekend’s flood. This is an ongoing situation, and we will continue to update you with any new developments.