Classes cancelled at Westfield State University after water main break

Billips said the water pressure should be back to normal by Monday

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield State University students were allowed to begin their Thanksgiving break early, after a water main break left some parts of the school, and city, with low water pressure. Classes were cancelled, and exams were postponed.

Paul Barrett, Senior at Westfield State University, told 22News, “It kind of varies between the different residential buildings. Some people have water, some people have not a lot of water. We live right here. We have low water pressure. So it’s really not that bad, but I figure it’s probably easier to kick 4,000 students out of the town and it makes it easier for the guys to take care of the water.”

Around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, Westfield State University sent an email to students, canceling classes Monday through Wednesday and mandating that students leave their residence halls, by Sunday at 4:00PM.

Westfield’s Director of Public works David Billips told 22News that the low water pressure problems are caused by many factors, two wells are shut down because they are contaminated, a reservoir had to be shut down Monday because of the drought, and on Wednesday there was a water main break. The water issues come at an inconvenient time for students, as they prepare for last minute exams before the Thanksgiving break, and winter weather is on the way.

Sanuel Asuque, mentioned, “It’s nice. It’s going to be a nice surprise for my mom. I haven’t told her that I’m coming home yet.”

Billips said the water pressure should be back to normal by Monday. Billips also told 22News, he recently presented the city council with a $5-million bond proposal to address the city aging water infrastructure.