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IPF provides red-water reminder to MSU


April 21, 2014

From May to August, MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities will conduct various construction and maintenance activities that may discolor the water supply throughout campus. These activities include: fire-pump testing, fire-hydrant flushing, well- and water-main testing and flushing, water shutdowns to buildings to replace/repair equipment, etc.

While this water discoloration is harmless in terms of sanitation and safety, it is possible that it may discolor clothing when used for laundry. Please check with your facility manager for details.

IPF will post more detailed information about specific activities that are most likely to cause red water at Please bookmark this page and visit it routinely if you are interested in times where heightened alert may be necessary.

Your cooperation during these activities is appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at (517) 353-1760 or

MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities builds and maintains the physical environment for Michigan State University’s education, research and outreach missions, and directs the university’s sustainability initiatives and long-term infrastructure planning goals. The unit’s experienced team of professionals keeps MSU running 24/7/365, delivering an immense menu of services and providing expert analysis for university objectives. Call (517) 353-1760 for emergency service.