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NCSU: Campus water safe for drinking, cooking

Posted June 28, 2012

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— North Carolina State University officials said Thursday that water on the main campus is safe for drinking and cooking again.

The campus issued a warning Wednesday advising people to avoid water consumption after an odor was identified at three locations near Cates Avenue. Initial tests indicated the water was safe, and officials said they will continue to monitor water quality.

Those on campus may notice cloudy water flowing from taps, which is a result of system flushing and not a cause for concern, officials said.

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  • cushioncritter Jun 29, 2012

    Sending the water to an independent lab (something even a reporter could do at minimal cost) would reveal if the cloudiness is, for example, from the addition of a disinfecting agent like chlorine or bromine.

    If this happens frequently, readers might like to look at the news archives for West Palm Beach, FL to see how a city can't deal with mystery water contamination. They often relaxed tight water restrictions for to get the cloudy water out of the pipes after the latest chlorination attempt as they could never find where bacteria was entering their decaying water system.

    Nationwide, water systems are in need of maintenance (just look up Atlanta, GA), and local governments that have spent freely on palace-like government buildings, schools, fire stations, etc., just don't have any spare funds to deal with the situation.

    NCSU is also a poster child for overspending, with spending skewed towards high salaries for staff and neglect of anything else.

  • ncsuwx Jun 28, 2012

    I guess that's why facilities management was flushing the water out of the nuclear reactor today?

  • jzweather Jun 28, 2012

    Yeah you betcha!!!