University of Houston testing water after discoloration reported

University of Houston officials are telling students to hang tight as it tries to figure out what could be turning the water on campus a yellowish, brown color.

HOUSTON - Students and staff at the University of Houston have been dealing with discolored water on campus since late Tuesday.

Administrators say the water definitely won’t be deemed safe to drink through Wednesday. They say test results taken by UH won’t be back until Wednesday evening at the earliest, and those results will then have to be reviewed by city. Results from city’s testing won’t be back until Thursday, officials say.

Pretty much everything inside the Student Center is closed for now. The Starbucks and convenience store are serving prepackaged food and bottled beverages.

This is something people on campus have been dealing with since last night after students reported seeing discolored water in their dorms.

The City of Houston has not been able to say if the water is safe. The school has been working with the city to flush the water system on campus to get rid of the tainted water.

This is proving to be a tedious task. Students say many people here are anxiously waiting for this to get resolved.

“One of my friends is a (resident assistant). She took a shower, and her eyes were burning," said Rebecca Coleman, a student. "She was telling them hold off, shower somewhere off campus."

“No one wants to take a shower or wash their hands or do anything. It’s like we need the water," said Kara Bacon, another student.

Student Center staff have called on some food trucks to come to the campus to help serve food and drinks.

UH officials say the city and the university have collected water samples. There is still no word on when the results will be in.

Stay with KHOU.com for more details on this developing story as they become available.


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