Campus Prepares for Possible Water Service Impacts

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Out of an abundance of caution, Georgia Tech Emergency Management and Communications has taken steps to prepare the campus for the possibility of a water outage in light of needed repairs to the City of Atlanta’s water lines.

The City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management will repair a major water line beginning June 4 between 11 p.m. and midnight. The repair is scheduled to be completed this week and should not negatively impact campus. If all goes according to plan, the campus will operate as usual.

In the event the repairs cause a significant loss of water pressure or loss of water service completely, the campus will be closed and personnel will be notified through the Georgia Tech Emergency Notifications System (GTENS).

"If GTENS alerts are sent, essential personnel who are pre-identified by department leadership should report even if campus is closed," said Will Smith, director of Emergency Management and Communications. "If the campus loses water, all non-essential activities will be canceled on campus."

Those with specialized research areas need to make arrangements in the event there is a water failure. All lab work and experiments that can be delayed should be planned for later in the week or next week.

In the event of an outage, employees are asked to coordinate with department leadership to work remotely. Employees who can work remotely should prepare before leaving work June 4 to work remotely for several days. Toilets won’t be operational, drinking water will not be available, and air conditioning will not be functioning in buildings on campus or throughout the city.

All who are housed on campus should fill bathtubs and other containers to have water on hand to manually flush toilets should there be a loss in pressure. Plans are underway to relocate campus residents to nearby campuses such as Emory University or Kennesaw State University in the event of a complete loss of water to the campus.

Parking and Transportation Services will continue on-campus transportation as long as the campus is open.

In the event of an outage, additional instructions and information on campus operations will be shared at


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