Students still can’t drink the water at Central State

Central State University
Central State University (WDTN Photo)

UPDATE:  The Environmental Protection Agency was at Central State University Tuesday to test the water after a main break Sunday.  It says students should still not drink the water, but continue to follow the rules set forth below.

Classes resumed Tuesday and will continue as planned for the rest of the week.


WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WDTN) – Central State University says water is now flowing again on campus, but it should be used cautiously until further notice.

University leaders say the outage was the result of a thawing pipe that burst Sunday afternoon.  The campus has been closed since.

Crews made repairs to the water main by Monday afternoon.  The university says the water should only be used for sanitation purposes until the EPA gives the go ahead to drink it.  They hope that will come Tuesday after water samples are tested.

In the meantime, the university is supplying more than 900 students with water.

The university released the following guidelines for students and staff until the EPA gives the all clear:


▪ Do not drink tap water while the water system is under advisory.
▪ Do not drink from water fountains in all buildings.
▪ Do not use ice made from water.
▪ Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices or fountain soft drinks.
▪ Do not use tap water to make tea or coffee.

▪ Wash your dishes in bottled water, or use paper plates until advisory is lifted.
▪ Wash your fruits and vegetables bottled water.
▪ Wash your hands as usual from the water system.
▪ Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
▪ Brush your teeth with bottled water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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