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Three-night campus water shutdown required for essential maintenance work

Following the water shutdown that took place in January this year, there is a need to undertake further essential planned maintenance works to the campus water system.

In April, excavation began on the corner of Boiler House Hill, adjacent to the John Clifford West building. This deep trench has been dug in order to reach a section of the water main where a new set of isolation valves are to be installed to allow isolation of the campus water supply.

In order to complete the works, it will be necessary to shut down the campus water system over three consecutive nights in July:

  • from 11pm Monday 9 July until 6am on Tuesday 10 July
  • from 11pm Tuesday 10 July until 6am on Wednesday 11 July


  • from 11pm Wednesday 11 July until 6am Thursday 12 July

Many locations on campus will be without water supply, including toilet facilities, for the duration of these shutdown periods.

For most members of the campus community, there will be little or no noticeable impact, with water supply expected to be reinstated by 6am each morning.

However, the Estates and Facilities team recognises that many campus operations proceed continuously, 24 hours a day. Special arrangements have been put in place to aid with continuity of service in these areas, to minimise disruption. Bottled water will also be provided where required.

Any concerns or issues should be raised with the Service Centre on extension 7777 (external: 01273 877777) or email

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex & SEF
Last updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2018


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