Binghamton University Water Advisory

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 22, 2008 at 9:13 PM EST

The drinking water at Binghamton University has been tainted since this Thursday.

The water became full of polymer beads when a strainer in the campus water softening equipment failed.

The school is now bypassing the water equipment until repairs can be made.

Staff members at Binghamton University are working hard to warn the students about the bad water.

They're posting signs, sending e-mails, voice-mails and messages through BU Alert line.

They're also distributing water bottles until the water is safe.

"it's an inconvenience. It would be an inconvenience at any time but parents and students we've talked to have been great. I mean people completely understand," says Ryan Yarosh of Binghamton University.

Aside from being thirsty, most of the students don't seem to mind.

But some of the incoming freshman were very thirsty after their big move in.

"It would be convenient if I could just go to my fountain and get a sip of water from my dorm when I'm thirsty instead of going to the dining hall or something. So, that's the only bad part. I still shower and use the water to wash my hands," says freshman Daniel Folia.

Junior, Rebecca Sayman, found out about the bad water from the signs on the water fountains.

"it wasn't too much of a problem, it just makes me very thirsty, there's nowhere I can get water unless I want to purchase the water. That makes it a bit of an issue for everyone that wants to drink. The school's planning on providing bottled water for everyone, but we don't have any yet," says Sayman.

But the students have been receiving bottled water.

Even with the problem, they don't seem to be disappointed or blame the school for the equipment failure.

"I think it was just a bad set of circumstances. This is a great school and it's got a great reputation, so I don't think anything like this is going to damage it this much. It's just a freak accident," says freshman Adam Goldenberg.

The students can take showers and clean with the water, they just can't drink it.

But the danger may not last for long...

Yarosh says the water will be safe to drink in the dining and residents halls tonight.

He says it will take until Monday for the ban to be lifted from the Administration and Education buildings.

The school hopes to replace the water softening equipment in the near future.

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