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UW-Stout implements plan to address Menomonie’s boil water advisory

July 19, 2013

A variety of departments at the University of Wisconsin-Stout swung into action late Thursday to address the boil-water advisory issued by the city of Menomonie.

“We have an obligation to provide safe drinking water for our students, employees and visitors,” said UW-Stout staff member keeps her water bottle closeChancellor Charles W. Sorensen. “I am pleased with our response to this situation and would like to thank our employees for their quick action.”

An e-mail was sent by University Communications Thursday evening informing students, faculty and staff about the advisory. The information also was posted on the official UW-Stout Facebook page.

After the advisory was issued, Physical Plant employees taped a notice to every drinking fountain on campus that the city had issued the advisory and taped off the dispensers.

Dining Services stopped dispensing any ice that was made with possibly contaminated water and shut down soda dispensers that use city water. A plan was implemented to avoid any contamination of food.

Furthermore, employees in the Memorial Service Center boiled water, chilled it, and then made it available in dispensers in the center for employees who needed safe drinking water. Bottled water also was available in vending machines around campus, and many employees who live outside of Menomonie brought safe water supplies to work Friday.

Physical Plant employees will flush the UW-Stout water system today after being informed that the city treated its water system Thursday evening. This is in anticipation of the city receiving test results Saturday showing that the city water system is safe.

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