Loss of water supply across Campus West causes disruption
Disruption to water supplies across Campus West has caused all teaching to be cancelled until further notice. Non-residents on the campus have also been told to vacate. The library closed at around midday.
Many buildings across Campus West are without water, with the North side significantly affected. The University of York Twitter account first published a post at 8:51 informing students of the ‘major disruption’. The decision to close the campus to the majority of staff and non-residents was then made at around 12pm today due to health and safety worries.
A Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) has been assembled to assess and deal with the situation, making the decision to cease teaching. They have also ordered certain teams to remain on campus including security, health and safety, fire safety, receptionists, and the Open Door Team. Academic Department Management teams have also been required to stay on campus to ensure limited disruption to business.
The MIRT are also currently working to provide emergency services to resident students on campus including placing portaloos outside Central Hall, the Berrick Saul Building and Wentworth College, as well as bringing bottled water to college receptions to be distributed free of charge. However, catering facilities across Campus West have been closed, including those in Vanburgh, Derwent and Alcuin colleges. There are limited showering facilities on the Heslington East campus available for use, including the York Sport Village, which has been unaffected by the loss of water supply.
Teaching on Heslington East will continue and there are limited spaces for study for those wishing to use them. It is estimated to take several hours before water supplies are fully up and running on Campus West.