Updated: Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010, 8:26 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010, 10:56 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A text message from the University of New Mexico on Tuesday read "Please refrain from drinking or using any tap water on campus until further notice by request of Physical Plant Dept." On Wednesday, UNM campus plant officials gave the "all clear" for the water.
According to the school, the water appeared to be green on Tuesday.
"We noticed today the water was off-color and we're trying to identify what the problem is," said Gary Smith, associate director for environmental services. "So, we switched over to the city water and we're flushing the lines to remove all of the residual water. And then we'll determine why the water was off-color."
UNM has their own water system, so while the school tried to figure out what caused the discolored water, they switched over to the city's water. The main campus and the UNM health sciences center were reporting the green water Tuesday morning which originally caused the alarm. The hospital was not affected.
The water that was being flushed was pumped onto campus landscaping so the water would not go to waste. Plant officials are still evaluating the problem and its source.