Camosun College shut the doors of its Interurban campus on Thursday after a water line burst at a nearby property.
The college says a pipe burst at the Vancouver Island Tech Park, managed by the University of Victoria, which cut off water to the college’s Interurban campus.
While there is no water damage at the Camosun College campus, the institution says it’s unable to stay open because of fire and sanitation risks.
A lack of water means bathrooms cannot properly run, and “without water there is a fire safety issue (e.g. sprinklers) for our Interurban campus so we had no choice but to close the campus effective noon,” said Camosun College spokesperson Rodney Porter.
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Around 1:30 p.m., the District of Saanich told CHEK News it was working on repairs. There was no timeline yet for when repairs would be complete, and the cause of the break is still under investigation, according to the municipality.
In the meantime, classes and services at the Interurban campus are closed for the remainder of Thursday.
An update on reopening the campus is expected by 6:30 a.m. Friday, after the school is able to confirm if water is running or not.
CHEK News has reached out to the University of Victoria for further details.
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⚠️ Jan. 25 – Effective immediately, Interurban campus is closed due to a water outage caused by a burst water line located in Vancouver Island Tech Park. Please leave campus as soon as practicable.
— Camosun College (@Camosun) January 25, 2024