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Clemson Univ. will reopen Friday after major water leak

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Crews work to repair a leak at a pumping station in Anderson. (Dec. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) Crews work to repair a leak at a pumping station in Anderson. (Dec. 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Classes will resume and offices will reopen at Clemson University on Friday after a major water leak left thousands in Anderson and Pickens counties without service Thursday.

Brian Bates, of Anderson Regional Joint Water System, said the leak started at 4 a.m. at the Clemson booster station located just off Interstate 85 in Anderson. He said that within two hours, the storage tanks that feed water to several towns were dry.

"By about 5:30 or 6, we had lost 5 million gallons of water, and pressure started dropping throughout the system," said Scott Willett, executive director of the water system.

Customers in Clemson, including the university, Pendleton and Sandy Springs and the Michelin plant, were without water, Bates said.

Bates said that about 8:30 a.m., crews bypassed the pumping station, allowing water to begin flowing to the affected towns. He said customers in those towns should rigorously boil their water for five minutes before using it for the next 24 to 48 hours.

Wanda Johnson, a spokeswoman for Clemson University, said classes that do not have a prescheduled assessment, like final presentations, tests and lab practicals, were canceled on Thursday. She said campus offices were also closed. She said that residence and dining halls will remain open with limited use of toilet and showering facilities.

Johnson said classes and offices will reopen Friday, returning to normal schedules. She said water service was restored to campus but a boil water advisory remains in effect until further notice.

Residents were asked to conserve water as much as possible, Bates said. He said the water will be flowing at a much lower pressure because it is coming from water sources for other towns.

Willett said the affected customers had water fully restored by Thursday afternoon when the line was repaired and back in service by 4 p.m. He said residents and water customers in Clemson, Central, Pendleton, Sandy Springs and on Clemson University are still urged to boil water until further notice.

Crews will continue to monitor the repair to make sure there are no more issues, Willett said.

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