Corbett and Parmelee halls were like the Sahara Desert on
Thursday morning – water was nowhere to be found.
Don Wenzel, a Facilities Management employee, explained the
reason for the shortage of water.
“There’s a broken line in the courtyard. We got there early this
morning, and there was a big puddle before 7 a.m.,” Wenzel
The puddle had soaked into the ground by 9 a.m., but Corbett and
Parmelee residents were left without any water. Wenzel said an
attempt to keep the intact water lines flowing was
“We tried as hard as we could just to isolate this one line and
leave some water running, but it just wouldn’t work. That’s not the
way it’s made,” Wenzel said.
The broken water line left some students feeling inconvenienced.
Elli Wilson, a freshman public relations major, said having no
water left her feeling high and dry.
“We have to go to Durrell (Center) to brush our teeth. We have
no water to drink. It was hard to get ready for class today. It
sucks,” Wilson said.
Charity Malone said it was the first time she has been without
water while living in Corbett, and the freshman zoology major was
not happy about it.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” Malone said. “Students pay this much
to live here and they can’t even have (the facilities) up and
When asked how she was affected, Malone said, “Honestly, I
haven’t been able to go to the bathroom or brush my teeth.”
During the temporary inconvenience, residents had to find
alternative ways to wash laundry, maintain hygiene and perform any
other daily functions that require water.
“They have to get a backhoe in there. It takes time getting the
rentals and filling out paperwork, but we should have it back on
today if there aren’t any problems,” Wenzel said.
Later in the day, a car-sized hole from the backhoe allowed
access to the line breakage in Corbett’s courtyard, but residents
finally had water after it was fixed. Brian Coram, a senior
psychology major and resident assistant, said the water was turned
on around 3:30 p.m.
Coram said that the water shortage did not affect the food
service at Corbett’s cafeteria.
“The water was turned off last night, so everything was clean.
I’m sure they’re catching up now, though,” Coram said.