Water on campus is delivered from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Ultimately, the quality of water on campus is the responsibility of WSSC, as our water supplier and as the entity which is compelled to comply with applicable federal and state water quality regulations. Local water treatment is neither required nor provided by the campus.
When underground water lines break on or off campus, the resulting repairs may cause dirt to be introduced into the lines. Water may appear discolored, cloudy or rusty once water service is restored.
Also, when the fire department or campus life safety staff open fire hydrants as part of their annual checks, sediment can be brought along in water lines. This, too, may cause water to appear cloudy or rusty.
Milky-looking water is often caused by introducing air into water lines, often in conjunction with a pipe repair. Minute air bubbles change clear water to slightly opaque or white.