This story has been updated to reflect that water pressure levels on campus have returned to normal.
Campus water pressure is normal again, after a water main break nearby caused lowered pressure levels throughout the day, university communications said in an email sent to students at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
A water main break in the Stratford Hills area of Southside and the West End near the University of
The Richmond Department of Public Utilities tweeted about a widespread water outage in the area at 12:32 p.m. Sunday.
The water pressure on campus was so low that toilets, showers
The water outage was traced back to a water main break near Huguenot Bridge, the utilities department said.
There was no estimated time on restoring water but the leak was isolated, the department said in a later tweet at 2:34 p.m.
Because the water break was off campus, campus facilities could not do anything to mitigate the water pressure issue, a facilities spokeswoman said.
Students in North Court reported water pressure issues in the dorm.
Matthew Johnson, junior, lives in
“Flushing the toilet proved a useless endeavor,” Johnson said.
But water pressure and temperature returned to normal a little after an hour later, he said.
Water pressure is restored in most areas surrounding Huguenot Bridge and is safe to drink, the utilities department said in a tweet at 3:30 p.m.
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