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Norman Pugh from the Brody School of Medicine loads 96 bottles of water in a truck at ECU’s Central Stores and Receiving after the city of Greenville issued a water boil advisory June 25. (Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi)

ECU Responds to Water Advisory

ECU responded June 25 to a Greenville Utilities Commission notice that the city’s water supply was contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria.

The commission issued a boil water advisory, requiring all water to be boiled before use, after contamination was discovered near County Home Road in Greenville.

ECU responded by taking steps to inform the campus community and to protect students in dining halls. Dining Services provided bottled water and pre-packaged meals for students. All food and beverages prepared prior to the contamination alert were discarded.

Departmental safety representatives on campus and housekeeping staff members posted “don’t drink” signs on water fountains while Campus Living staff posted notices in all residence halls. Athletics staff provided ice and water to athletes from a source outside the GUC service area.

The advisory forced the closing of approximately 500 restaurants in the Greenville area. The advisory was lifted on June 26.

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at