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NCSU warns against drinking campus water

Posted June 27, 2012
Updated June 28, 2012

— North Carolina State University officials said Wednesday that people should avoid drinking water on the main campus or using it for cooking until further notice.

Officials said an odor in the water was identified at three locations near Cates Avenue, and they said they want to test the water to determine the source of the odor before flushing the system and determining if the water is once again safe for consumption.

This process could take up to two days to complete, they said, and they encouraged people to bring their own drinking water to campus on Thursday and Friday.


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  • Lamborghini Mercy Jun 28, 2012

    out of all the days of the year... dont use the water on the hottest day or... you might get sick. Wonder if any organizations on campus are pulling together to give out water bottles and promoting safety?

  • satman1 Jun 28, 2012

    homebrew is right.......reactor water.

  • homebrewer Jun 28, 2012

    the water from that leaking nuclear reactor has to go somewhere folks! j/k

  • carrboroyouth Jun 27, 2012

    I never liked the taste of the water when I was at NC State. Something slightly sour and metallic to it... bleh

  • Smokin Jun 27, 2012

    I hope they find out what it is quickly. There's never a good time for it, but orientation is a really bad time.

    cushioncritter, their pipes are no worse than any other research university and I remember the smell of formaldehyde embedded in the rooms in the biology building when I was an undergrad at UNC.Nowadays everything seems to cause cancer if you listen to the government.

  • cushioncritter Jun 27, 2012

    Wonder if this "NCSU water" has anything to do with all the cancer deaths over the years, i.e. Jimmy V, Kay Yow, etc..

    At NCSU many years ago the fumes in the various labs (especially Chemistry) were highly noxious and some Chemistry Profs. ended up dying of cancer. Wonder where all the Benzene, Pyridine, etc. experiments cooked up in the Organic Chemistry labs end up when they are poured down the lab sink? What happens when a student mixes the chemicals incorrectly and creates something unintended? What about dead/diseased animals in the Poultry Science labs? Perhaps NCSU should be sited in eastern NC near hog farming lagoons, at least then they'd have adequate parking!

    Perhaps the aging sewer pipes (probably heading into Raleigh's sewer system) leach this chemical Pandora's box into the soil under NCSU where it is picked up by leaky, aging fresh water supply piping. Areas of the campus are then bricked over to hide the newly sterile soil.

  • bombayrunner Jun 27, 2012

    dont see very many students drinking anything but beer over there anyhow.

  • ncsuwx Jun 27, 2012

    Welcome to NC State freshman and parents! Orientation starts tomorrow!