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Hot water update

(June 22) Final hot water testing results for Essex Hall will be available July 3.


(June 16) Hot water has been restored to Essex Hall. Hot water service has now been restored to all university buildings.


(June 7) Remedial work and water testing will take place in Essex Hall from 2 p.m. on Friday, June 9, to 8 a.m. on Monday, June 12. The building will be closed during this period.


(May 29) Hot water has been restored to Vanier Hall and the Law Building.

Test results of water in University buildings that were not included in the original preventative maintenance program have all come back negative.

This includes the Energy Conversion Centre, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, O’Neil Medical Education Centre/Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Automotive Research and Education, University Computer Centre, Adams Welcome Centre, Toldo Health Education Centre, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, CAW Student Centre, Education Gym, Macdonald Hall, Alumni Hall, Grounds, Maintenance, Cartier Hall, Kerr House, Psychological Services and Research Centre, Centre for English Language Development, School of Social Work/Centre for Executive and Professional Education, Union House, Human Kinetics Building, Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse, Alumni Field, Lebel Building and Music Building.

Essex Hall is now the only campus building that is without hot water; remedial work will be scheduled shortly.


(May 18) Hot water has been restored to Leddy Library Main, Leddy Library West, the Biology Building, Dillon Hall, and Lambton Tower.


(May 12) Hot water will be restored to the Human Kinetics building later today.

This weekend, the Biology, Law and Leddy West buildings will be treated and flushed. Biology Building users will have restricted access from 4 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the building completely inaccessible from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for testing.


(May 10) Hot water has been restored to both the Odette Building and Education Building.

Testing of the hot water in University buildings that were not included in the original preventative maintenance program is now complete. Buildings in which testing came back negative include the Energy Conversion Centre, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, O’Neil Medical Education Centre/Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Automotive Research and Education, University Computer Centre, Adams Welcome Centre, Toldo Health Education Centre, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, CAW Student Centre, Education Gym, Macdonald Hall, Alumni Hall, Grounds and Maintenance.

The final results for the remaining buildings are expected shortly.

Remedial work and water testing will take place in the Human Kinetics Building from Tuesday, May 9 at 1 p.m. to Friday, May 12 at midnight. Hot water will not be available in the building, including washrooms and shower areas. Hot water will be available in the fieldhouse and St. Denis Centre areas.

Vanier Hall washrooms will be without hot water from May 9 to 23. Maintenance is scheduled on May 20 and 21.


(May 4) Remedial work and water testing is scheduled in Dillon Hall on Friday, May 5, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in Lambton and Erie halls on Sunday, May 7, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In all three buildings, hot water will not be available and washrooms will be intermittently closed during the maintenance.

Also, the Biology Building will be closed with restricted access from 6 a.m. Saturday, May 6, to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, due to hot water system maintenance.


(April 27) Remedial work and water testing will be conducted in Leddy Library (Main and West) and the Odette Building on Saturday, April 29, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in the Education Building and Law Building on Sunday, April 30, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the maintenance, hot water will not be available and washrooms will be intermittently closed.

Additionally, testing of the hot water in University buildings that were not included in the original Preventative Maintenance program began this week and is continuing.

Air conditioning will not be affected by the remedial work and is scheduled for a Monday, May 1, start-up.


(April 26) The Chrysler Hall Tower/Chrysler Hall South/Chrysler Hall North hot water system is back in operation.


(April 20) The University is formulating a schedule to take measures to restore hot water to the buildings that are reliant on the Dillon water tank originally affected.

Remedial work and water testing on the isolated water tanks and system in Chrysler Hall Tower/Chrysler Hall South/Chrysler Hall North is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. Washrooms will be closed on the weekend during this time, and test results should be available early next week. Hot water is expected to the Chrysler Hall complex next week.

The University also plans to conduct hot water testing in other campus buildings that were not part of the initial Preventative Maintenance program as soon as next week.

Hot water service to Mare Nostrum restaurant has now been restored and it is operating on regular hours.

The Ministry of Labour has also been on site and confirmed that the University is taking all necessary precautions to deal with the issue.


(April 19) Hot water is again available in Laurier Hall residence after remedial work over the weekend.

Preliminary tests last week indicated the presence of Legionella bacteria in areas of Chrysler Hall Tower/South/NorthDillon Hall, Assumption Hall, Laurier, the Law Building (Faculty of Law), Leddy Library (West Wing and Main), Education Building (including Mare Nostrum restaurant), Biology Building, Lambton Tower, Erie Hall, Essex Hall and Odette School of Business.

The testing was part of a preventative maintenance program that analyzed domestic feeds for hot water and cooling tower systems. Immediate and preventative steps were taken to isolate the source and to eliminate any possible risk it might pose to our community.

We continue to work to repair and resolve the issue at the other buildings listed above and are taking every possible measure to mitigate any inconvenience this may cause.


For additional information on the hot water outage, please visit the University's Health and Safety website. We will continue to update the page as more answers become available. www1.uwindsor.ca/safety/system/files/FAQ%27s%20Hot%20Water%20Outage.pdf.

Questions from the Campus Community related to health and safety can also be directed to the Office of Health and Safety, and students can contact Student Health Services. 

Health concerns related to Legionella typically affect the elderly population. More information is available on the Public Health Canada Bulletin link at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/id-mi/legionella-eng.php.

Please refer to the University of Windsor homepage www.uwindsor.ca for updates as developments warrant.


John Coleman
Director, Public Affairs & Communications
University of  Windsor
T 519.253.3000 ext. 5066
C 519 819 0360
jcoleman@uwindsor.ca