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Water main break forces Clemson University to close

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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - Clemson University is shutting down for the day after a water main break left some customers without water and others under a boil water advisory, according to an email sent to employees college officials.

Clemson University officials said that the college still has water, but just before 10 a.m., a decision was made to shut down for the day because of low or no water pressure in many buildings.

The areas affected by the break include Pendleton, Clemson, Clemson University, Sandy Springs and the Michelin plant in Sandy Springs.

Bryan Bates, from the Anderson Regional Joint Water System, said the break occurred in the area of the Clemson booster station, which is off Interstate 85 at exit 19.

Bates said the break was detected when elevated water storage tanks beyond the booster station began to drop at about 4 a.m.  In a matter of hours, two major tanks bottomed out, he said.

Another affected tank normally has about 25 feet of water, but after the break that level dropped to below 9-feet, Bates said. The Clemson Standpipe tank, located on Clemson University's campus, usually has about 140 feet of water, Bates said. After the break, that level was down to 74 feet, he said.

The tank located near the scene of the break is full, according to Bates. That's because the break occurred in the pipe beyond that tank, Bates said.

The affected tanks were slowly filling with water, and were expected to be back to normal levels by this afternoon, Bates said.

Bates said crews have bypassed the break and are now sending water from other lines around the break.

The affected tanks were slowly filling with water, and were expected to be back to normal levels by this afternoon, Bates said.

Bates said crews have bypassed the break and are now sending water from other lines around the break.

He said some people in the affected areas have water and others do not.

Bates said those who have water are asked to conserve.  Those who had a lapse in water service water should boil it for 5 minutes before drinking it or cooking with it once their water is back on.

The manager at Cracker Barrel, which is located near the water main break,  said they have water and are boiling it as a precaution.

Bates said the break is expected to be repaired by noon, but then the pipe must be tested. Once the tests come back clear, the water system will lift the boil water advisory, Bates said. That process could take 24 to 48 hours, according to Bates.

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