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Heat, hot water back at UW-Whitewater

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Kayla Bunge
April 23, 2008
— UW-Whitewater freshmen Chris Kuhagen and Arielle Lundy showered in the stadium locker rooms for the last time late Tuesday afternoon.

Heat and hot water were restored the residence halls Tuesday night, and workers hoped to restore heat and hot water to academic buildings by noon today—a day earlier than expected.


A boiler explosion April 16 knocked out steam service to the campus.


Students have been coping, UW-Whitewater spokeswoman Sara Kuhl said.


Hot showers were available in the stadium locker rooms starting Friday because the athletic building is gets heat and hot water from a separate system.


Students living off campus made their showers available to friends, too.


Most students who took advantage of the hot showers on campus were freshmen living in the dorms, said Andy Harris, director of football operations. But there never was much of a crowd, he said.


“It’s been really sporadic,” Harris said.


Before the locker rooms opened at 6:30 p.m. Friday, three or four students were waiting to get in, he said. One student was waiting before they opened at 7:30 a.m. Monday.


Kuhagen and Lundy were the last two students to shower in the locker rooms before Harris closed the building Tuesday.


“It’s been a little inconvenient,” Kuhagen said.


He didn’t mind the short walk from Bigelow Hall to the stadium, and he didn’t mind using cold water to brush his teeth and wash his hands.


Lundy wasn’t so nonchalant.


“It’s kinda sucked,” she said.


Lundy said she had to rush in the morning to make sure she got to her 7:45 a.m. class on time.


Many students found the lack of heat and hot water a good reason to go home for the weekend, Harris said, which probably kept the number of students using the locker room showers at a minimum.


A bypass pipe was installed to temporarily restore steam service to the campus. Permanent repairs to the power plant will take longer, university officials said, but heat and hot water shouldn’t be disrupted as those repairs continue.


WATER FUND-RAISER

After not having heat or hot water on campus for six days, UW-Whitewater students decided to raise money for the Rotary India Water Trust to develop a sustainable water supply for 650 villages in India. Each well is $300, and the students hope to raise enough money to pay for 10 wells.


Student groups are putting up posters that read: “Think not having a hot shower is bad? Try not having clean drinking water.”


Donations will be accepted at the residence halls and the Leadership and Development Career Service in the James R. Connor University Center.



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