Students living in Village A, Village C East, Village C West, New South, Kennedy, Reynolds and McCarthy Halls will be without access to water tonight because of a planned water outage beginning at 10 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.
The outage, which will stop all water flow from showers, toilets, sinks and washing machines, will occur to allow water line relocation for the construction of the Thompson Athletic Center, according to an email sent to affected students Monday evening by the Office of Planning and Facilities and the Office of Residential Life announcing the outage.
Construction of the Thompson Athletic Center is currently in the utility relocation phase, which will be completed by mid-February. Work on the center started in November 2014 and will be completed in August 2016.
Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management Robin Morey could not be reached for comment by press time regarding the outage.
Student reaction concerning the outage was mixed. Village C West resident Teresa Kim (SFS ’18) said the time of the outage is a large inconvenience.
“I don’t think anyone will be asleep by 10 p.m.,” Kim said. “I feel like people would come back to their rooms halfway through the outage, which means they would not be able to use the water in the bathroom. It will definitely inconvenience a lot of us, if not all of us.”
On the other hand, Southwest Quad resident Catherine Zolbrod (NHS ’17) said that she did not mind the outage since she can plan around it.
“I don’t really mind it,” Zolbrod said. “I think if they need to do whatever they need to do, it’s fine because I’ve been given fair enough warning, and I can plan my shower schedule around 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It’s a pretty short time block, so I don’t really mind it, but I could see how it could be an inconvenience to some.”
Kennedy Hall resident Saniya Khullar (COL ’15) said that although the outage poses a temporary inconvenience, she understands the causes prompting it.
“I feel that it will definitely impact a lot of Hoyas who take showers at night and brush their teeth and for other hygiene purposes,” Khullar said. “Personally it doesn’t affect people like me that take showers in the morning, except for hygiene-related things at night. I definitely feel if it’s only for that short window and nothing longer, then it is fine as long as it is for the athletic center, but frequent or more such outages, I would not really like.”