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Students Finally Cleared to use Water on Campus

The Delaware State water crisis comes to an end. 

Raven Quander 

On Sunday, January 31, Delaware State students received an email from eNews stating that they had been in contact with the City of Dover regarding the brown water students started to experience in the Residential Halls Friday evening.  

(Cases of water / Credit Google)

Students have been advised to run the cold water consistently for 20 minutes, and to “refrain from using the water for cooking, drinking, and bathing until further notice.” 

Delaware State University was able to arrange for students to have water delivered to their Residential Halls Tuesday, February 1, in the afternoon. 

A lot of students were curious as to why they have what appears to be safe and clear water, but still have not been cleared by the city to use hot water as normal. 

Some students, like freshman Skye Williams, have even resorted to leaving campus until the situation has been resolved. 

“I haven’t been able to shower, which really sucks, and I have to brush my teeth and wash my face with bottled water. I’m actually leaving campus soon. I can’t go any longer without being able to take a real clean shower,” states Williams. 

Not only was there concern about the Residential Hall water, but the pool water in the wellness center has also been questioned. 

(Delaware State indoor pool, located in the Wellness center / Credit Google)

“(Sic) Funnily enough though, the pools been open this entire time. It only closed during the bomb threat,” says sophomore Zion Weeks. 

Luckily for avid swimmers, most pools have their own filtration systems that use either sand or moss and high pressure to filter the water in the pool. 

Fortunately, students were informed via email from “eNews” that Facilities Management confirmed the water safe to use in all locations on Friday, February 4, last week. The good news was further confirmed by the City of Dover.

“It is relieving to have clear water back, because I can cook and take normal showers again. But I am very worried about the water being brown again in the future,” states junior Jordan Smith. 

Students are now able to resume tasks involving water, like showering, cooking, washing their hands, and brushing their teeth as they usually would. 

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