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BREAKING: Water main break forces residence halls to turn off water

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This email confirmed for residents that The Commons had water issues.

Updated – 5:52 p.m.

Water operations are back to normal after a water main break on 18th Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street forced residence halls, The Commons and Humphrey Hall, to be without water Thursday morning. The Commons Dining Hall was closed for a majority of the day, but has since reopened.

A crew was seen on 18th Street working to fix this issue. 

“I was walking into (The Commons) after class this morning at like 10:30 and we noticed the dining hall was closed so I asked the desk receptionist what was going on and she said the water is not working so the dining hall is closed,” Mari Crowley, a sophomore in the College of Communication, said.

Crowley said she had not realized the extent to which the water main break affected the entire building.

“I went to bring my laundry back down to start it, and 15 minutes later I got an email saying that there is no water running in the building,” Crowley said.

Additionally, the water main break was also responsible for The Commons dining hall being closed for most of the day. The dining hall has since reopened.

Alicia Román, residence hall director of The Commons, sent out an email to residents to confirm the water had been shut off.

“This will affect all water fixtures, including showers, sinks, toilets, drinking fountains, laundry etc.” Rom├ín said in the email.

At 2:15 p.m. Román sent another email to residents in The Commons confirming water restoration in the entire building.

“All water fixtures are up and running for all of the Commons, including Eckstein Tower,” Rom├ín said in an email.

This is a developing story

This story was written by TJ Dysart. He can be reached at [email protected]

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TJ Dysart is a junior from Boston, Massachusetts studying journalism and criminology and law and is the content coach of the Marquette Wire. Last year, he also served in this role. Prior to this position he served as a new multimedia journalist as well as a news reporter. He is also currently the 2023-2024 Foley Fellow for The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. Outside the Wire, TJ enjoys playing basketball, cooking and hanging out with friends.

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