Campus Water Update: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The continued lack of water pressure on campus and throughout portions of Jackson is apparently a result of an issue with the city’s water intake systems. City utility crews began working on the problem this morning and will continue working until it is resolved. The city anticipates the water pressure will begin to build in the morning.

To that end, classes for tomorrow morning, Thursday, March 4, are cancelled. In-person classes scheduled for after 12:00 p.m. tomorrow (March 4) are contingent on the campus’ water pressure. The college’s emergency management team will notify all students, faculty and staff by no later than 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning regarding if tomorrow afternoon classes will be in-person or virtual.

About Restrooms:

Unfortunately, during overnight hours tonight, students must go back to using the designated restrooms on the first floor of each residence hall. Buckets with non-potable water will be located in these restrooms to assist in the flushing of toilets.

Port-a-potties are also located throughout campus, including the Bowl side of the AC near the ramp; under the AC/adjacent to the shower trailers; on the plaza between the HAC and Olin; in the circle drive between Olin and Sanderson; on the east side of Susanna; on the southeast corner of Ezelle and on the west side of New South.

About Showers:

Students are also asked to only use the shower trailers located in the parking lot of the Academic Complex. Hours include 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Showers are also available to all residential Millsaps students and staff at the Flowood YMCA, 690 Liberty Road, Flowood, MS, 29232, during normal operating hours. Bring your Millsaps ID card, your toiletries, a towel and shower shoes. Students who do not have a vehicle and can’t carpool safely with another student should email studentlife@millsaps.edu to make travel arrangements.

About Laundry:

We continue to request that residential students and staff not use laundry facilities on campus but instead go to The Laundry Fairy, 1046 Greymont Street, to do their laundry free of charge. Simply take your laundry, soap and Millsaps ID between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to wash your clothes and Millsaps will pick up the tab. Students who do not have a vehicle and can’t carpool safely with another student should email studentlife@millsaps.edu to make travel arrangements.

Boil Water Notice:

A boil water notice is still in effect for Hinds County. Do not drink the water on campus. Drinking water, toiletries, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and snacks continue to be available on campus 24-7 near the student life front desk. Community members are reminded to bring a backpack or bag to help transport these items back to residence halls.

For Staff:

Essential staff and those whose supervisors have deemed necessary to come to campus at regular time are required to report to campus tomorrow, Thursday, March 4. Essential staff are asked to contact supervisors with questions regarding on-campus operations.

Non-essential staff are to work from home tomorrow morning (Thursday, March 4) but should be prepared to come to campus immediately when water pressure returns. The college’s emergency management team will send this information to staff via email.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we realize this is a difficult situation for everyone, but especially for our residential students and staff. The college’s emergency management team will continue to monitor the situation and will update the community as details develop. Email info@millsaps.edu with any questions. In case of an emergency call Campus Safety at 601-974-1234.

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