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Boil order still in effect for campus

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The boil order for the City of Charleston was discontinued Monday, though it remains in place for those on Eastern’s campus.

The original order was put in place after a large water main break on Douglas Drive at Alan Drive, between Lincoln and Polk Avenues.

Though original set to end at 11 a.m. Monday, the city-wide boil order was discontinued at 12:34 p.m. that day.

Because Eastern operates its own water system, the university must test its own system, separately from the city.

An Alert EIU Update message will be sent out by the university when the boil order is discontinued.

On campus, Java Beanery and Bakery was closed Monday, and according to signs put up around the store, it will be closed until the end of the water boil order. All the soda machines were turned off in the dining centers, with water bottles available upon request.

While the order remains in place, students are advised not to drink tap water from a faucet or fountain. Water must be boiled until bubbles start to form, according to a dispatcher from the Charleston Police Department.

Once boiled, the water is able to be used for cooking and drinking.

Signs were placed throughout residence halls telling students not to drink from water fountains and alerting them of the situation. They were advised to only use the water after it has been put through a five minute rolling boil.

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Boil order still in effect for campus