Water problems

College officials believe the water service to a residence complex on the SUNY Fredonia campus will be restored sometime today, according to information available on the college’s website which was last updated Monday at 11:30 a.m. Michael Barone, Director of Public Relations, confirmed Monday night that this was the latest update and water should be restored today.

Sunday afternoon, a water leakage from a major pipe under the Andrews Residence Complex was discovered. The complex includes Hemingway, Hendrix, Igoe and Schultz Halls and is close to the Temple Street end of the campus.

Water was turned off to the four buildings at 8 p.m. Sunday. Using the college’s website, David Herman, Vice President for Student Affairs, issued the first notice of the problem. At that time, he hoped that water would be restored Monday but cautioned the extent of the problem would be known when the contractor reached the pipe.

As of Monday afternoon, crews were working in the area near Igoe Hall. Some sidewalks were blocked. Construction equipment and manpower were on site.

That afternoon, Barone said, “The crew spent all night working. … Unfortunately, the students will have to go without water one more day.”

The announcements detail the alternate arrangements for students residing in the affected halls, including buildings where the students can use the restrooms and shower. In addition, Porta potties are available outside each building.

In spite of the digging and the drizzle, students appeared to be getting to classes.

Adrienne Childs, Sarah Fintel and Taryn Poole explained they did not live in the complex, but attend a photography class in Igoe Hall (photo and media center). Fintel said it was hard to concentrate with the construction going on, and the others agreed.

Childs, a senior photography major, said, “They (the crews) are working hard and that’s good to see.”

She noted that they were lucky that the water hadn’t affected the media center.

Alex Vivinetto, a sophomore resident of Igoe Hall said, “Things are a little messed up.”

Referring to the problem with the Village of Fredonia’s water in late November and early December, he added, “The same thing happened before.”

Because the sidewalks were closed in the vicinity of Igoe, he had to walk around the building to get into his residence.

Brandon Whitworth, a sophomore transfer student, was dealing with the situation. “There are other places you can go (for showers and using the rest room) that aren’t that far away.”

Looking at the construction crew he said, “I think they’re getting the work done.”

Taylor Pashkoff, a sophomore education major, said, “I showered before they shut off the water.” Noting that other bathrooms were available and that porta potties were near, “They are trying to make it easier for us. … but it is still annoying.”

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