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April 7th, 2009
Texas State without hot water…again

STAFF REPORT

Texas State officials have shut down an emergency boiler, which showed signs of imminent failure. The boiler had been providing hot water and steam for several campus buildings after the regular boiler proved to be faulty.

This will be the second emergency boiler that has failed, again leaving students in many dorms without hot water. The university is in the process of installing permanent boilers at its cogeneration plant, which should go online in April and May. Thus far the entire project has cost $2.2 million.

An e-mail sent to Texas State students, faculty and staff said that the boiler was taken offline at 10 a.m. this morning. Administrators had previously shipped in a backup emergency boiler last week, and they are in the process of bringing that one online within 24 hours.

Steam and hot water will again be out in most buildings in the east and central campus areas, while buildings west of Comanche Street will not be impacted. Students are again advised to shower at the Campus Recreation Center, which is open from 6 a.m. to midnight. Texas State is making a shuttle bus available for transportation to the center by calling (512) 245-SAFE, and students can take the campus loop bus route to get there as well.

Administrators plan on updating the status of the emergency boiler at 5 p.m. this evening, and at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. If anyone has any questions, call the Texas State facilities office at (512) 245-2820.

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0 thoughts on “Texas State without hot water…again

  1. *sighs* … I knew the hot water wouldn’t last. I guess I can give them a little bit of props because they at least shut it down before it completely failed again and now they have a back up boiler, even though this is the 3rd time they have done this since I started school here. It really is frustrating though.

  2. Question, is the hot water off where food is prepared! If it is, it could lead to mass illness on campus!

  3. Ray, university officials are NOT stupid!! Yes, it is off in some of those areas and necessary precautions {from food prep to cleaning} were and are being taken….duh!!…Being an alarmist without using your common sense does not help our community!! Get the facts before spreading such ridiculous statements next time! {and don’t say you were asking a serious question—cause that’s not what you wrote! ! vs. ? }

  4. Uh, Ray.. it’s Dr. O’Dell in case you haven’t noticed. I love it. It’s been at least a month since odell accused some random person of being Nick. Chuck’s credibility cup just tipped over again.

  5. Chuck, it is so sad when a spiritual being becomes so entrenched in the muck and mire of ego personified identification that they cannot separate their transitory existence from the sublime. Dr. of No-thing, with a PHD in the mundane.

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