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Several Charleston-Area Colleges Reopening Campuses

Reported: Jan. 14, 2014 4:01 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 8:34 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Several Charleston-area colleges are reopening their campuses following a recent water emergency.

West Virginia State University in Institute and Marshall University's South Charleston campus and Teays Valley Regional Center will resume operations on Wednesday.

West Virginia State said the university remained under an order not to use tap water Tuesday and is providing bottled water on campus. Orientation for new students will be held on Thursday and the spring semester is scheduled to start next Tuesday.

The University of Charleston said it plans to resume normal operations Thursday. Residence halls will be open to students starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

About 100,000 West Virginia American Water customers in nine counties were told not to use tap water except for flushing toilets after a chemical spill Thursday in the Elk River.

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- West Virginia State University officials said Tuesday that they have taken the necessary steps to reopen Wednesday.

The school was awaiting word Tuesday from West Virginia American Water that the appropriate area had been cleared and that waterlines at the school’s Institute campus could be flushed.

With the spring semester next Tuesday, the university said in a news release that it had taken steps of its own to reopen campus.

Bottled water will be available in the Wilson University Union, Ferrell Hall and in offices of the deans of the four academic colleges. Tap water not cleared for safe drinking, cooking and bathing by emergency officials, but can can still be used to flush toilets and for fire prevention.

Faucets and water fountains should not be used. Hand sanitizer has been placed in all restrooms throughout campus.

All university offices will be open on Wednesday.



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