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Water Line Work May Affect University’s Neighbors

Posted May, 25, 2010

Kent State University will be repairing water line valves serving the campus this week. The repair work, which is part of the Risman Plaza renovation project, requires water valve replacements and the water lines to be flushed. When the university’s water is restored Thursday, May 27, at around 6 a.m. and again Sunday, May 30, at around 5 a.m., residents and businesses near the university may see a slight discoloration in their water.

“Our neighbors will not experience any disruption to their water service,” said Brian Pickering, project manager in Kent State’s Office of the University Architect. “It is quite possible that when we restore water service to the Library, Kent Student Center and Kiva that the water may run out of the faucet in a brown or rusty color, both on campus and for those in the immediate vicinity of the university. If this happens, allow some time for the water to run through the faucet until it runs clear.”

Areas that may be affected to the north of East Main Street (1,500 feet north of Main Street to the intersection of Oakwood and Overlook Drive) within the water line span include:
• Crain Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Burr Oaks, Oakwood, Frances Drive, Dale Drive, 6th Avenue (up to Township Highway 515) and Alpha Drive
• All business bordering the north side of East Main Street including but not limited to Taco Bell, Faith Lutheran Church, DuBois Bookstore, United Methodist Church of Kent, ACME, Pizza Hut, Drug Mart and Henry Wahner’s.

Areas that may be affected to the south of East Main Street within this span include:
• From Horning Road to the intersection of Rhodes Road
• All businesses bordering the south side of East Main Street including but not limited to United Church of Christ, Huntington National Bank, Holly Park Apartments, Four Seasons, Rockne’s and Arby’s.

The scheduled water shutdown for the Library, Kent Student Center and Kiva will occur Wednesday, May 26, at 10 p.m. to Thursday, May 27, at 6 a.m. and from Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 a.m. to Sunday, May 30, at 5 a.m. during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. During those times, there will be no running water for drinking or restroom use in those select university buildings. The Library and the Kent Student Center will close 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28, and reopen at their regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, June 1.

University employees who work in the Library and Kent Student Center have been notified about the upcoming water line work. Members of the Office of the University Architect will be passing out flyers to neighboring businesses this week regarding the water discoloration.

“We don’t anticipate the water to be discolored off campus, but just in case it does, we want to be good neighbors and alert them of the possibility,” Pickering said. “We will make every effort to limit discoloration as possible.”

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Media Contacts:
Brian Pickering,, 330-672-9624
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595