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Facility Services said the shutdown was caused by a steam leak in a piping flange in the Central Plant. There were no previous issues with the pipes before the recent steam leak was discovered. Multiple gaskets will need to be replaced to fix the leak.

“We are projecting the first day to shut down the steam heat system and allow the piping to begin to cool down, the second day to perform the necessary repairs, and the third day to re-energize the system.” Assistant Vice President of Facility Services, Dan Haslag said.

Facility Services expect the leak to be fixed by Thursday if no other problems occur during the process of fixing the pipes. 

“Unexpected mechanical malfunctions while re-energizing the system could delay the return of hot water throughout campus, but we’re remaining hopeful that hot water will be restored on Thursday.” Haslag said. 

 

Original story:

Northwest Facility Services sent an email to students announcing a shutdown of the University’s steam system due to a mechanical failure in the Central Plant. The shutdown will leave several buildings without hot water for at least 72 hours as Facility Services makes repairs.

Beginning 9 a.m. Oct. 26,  at least 24 buildings across campus will be without hot water. Residential halls affected by the shutdown include Millikan Hall, Hudson-Perrin, Tower Suites, Franken Hall and Roberta Hall.

The Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse and the Maryville Community Center will provide students access to hot water for showering. Hughes Fieldhouse will have hot water access Tuesday and Wednesday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Maryville Community Center will have hot water access Wednesday and Thursday from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This is a developing story, and The Missourian will provide additional coverage as more information becomes available.

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