The sight of bathrobe-clad, bleary-eyed residents from the South Moody Tower scurrying past the North Tower check-in desk was no optical illusion Wednesday morning. The students had no running water and had to use the North Tower bathrooms to shower and answer nature's calls.
The water apparently shut off around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning and was reactivated about 12:45 Wednesday afternoon.
Students seemed unsure of the cause of the malfunction. The Tower's area coordinator's office said the shutoff was caused by a broken water pump and was repaired a little after 10 a.m. They declined to elaborate any further.
"I woke up this morning and all the toilets were backed up," said Genet Harrell, freshman information systems technology major. "There was no water in the sinks. I could not take a shower, brush my teeth or wash my face.
"It sucked. This is a dorm. We pay too much ... money for them to have problems like that," she said.
Palak Thakkar, sophomore biology major, said, "This morning we walked into the bathrooms. There was (excrement) everywhere. It was so nasty. I had to take a shower (so I) went to the north side."
Freshman business major Yaly Navarro said she took a shower at around 12:30 Wednesday morning.
"Later, I went to the (water) fountain to wash my apple." She said the fountain did not work. She then tried every faucet in her floor's restroom.
A worker at the South Tower desk told Rupali Smankar, freshman biology major, that the water on "the seventh floor and above (was) not working. They (later) said there was no water."
Still, others students discovered the lack of water in the wee hours of the morning and had to wake up early in order to get to class and work on time.
"I had to go take a shower at the North Tower," said Jennifer Jordan, sophomore political science and German major. She added that she initially discovered the water shortage at 4:30 a.m.