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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Winter Weather Impact Update and Important Information for UTA Students

The University of Texas at Arlington is working around the clock to keep campus facilities operational and to restore or maintain essential services for our campus residents.

Be aware that the latest National Weather Service forecast predicts overnight temperatures to be even colder than recent nights, falling into the teens and perhaps single digits. Wind chills could range from minus 5 to 10 degrees on Friday morning, with refreezing of slush/snow/ice on the roadways. Take precautions and stay safe.

Please continue reading for important updates about the UTA campus.

Boil water notice

The city of Arlington continues to advise its residents and the UTA campus to boil water before consumption.

The drop in water pressure citywide and on our campus is being attributed to increased demand from dripping faucets, as well as water and plumbing line breaks in the city. The city anticipates restoring water pressure to normal levels by Friday evening. Please conserve water until pressure is restored.

All individuals who are on campus or live in Arlington should boil water for at least five minutes and then allow it to cool completely before using it for drinking water, brushing their teeth, cooking, washing their hands, etc. Children, seniors, and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all residents should follow these directions.

Bottled drinking water will be available for pick up from the University Center (UC) Information Desk, which is open 24 hours. There is a limit of two bottles per person.

The drop in water pressure has inhibited the University’s ability to produce steam used to heat many of its buildings. UTA anticipates restoring heat continuously over the next two to three days.

Here are additional resources to learn more:

Campus warming centers

The University Center (UC) currently is open 24 hours a day and will be available overnight Thursday and into Friday evening as a warming center. Public restrooms remain open in the UC.

The Commons remains closed, but may reopen Friday if water pressure is restored.

Dining on campus

In the University Center:

  • Connection Café is open until 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 5-9 p.m. for dinner.
  • The Market is open until 6 p.m.
  • Subway is open until 2 p.m.

In The Commons, the Maverick Café and Starbucks remain closed.

Residents who are unable to obtain adequate food during this winter storm event should email to request assistance.

Campus parking and transportation

Resident permit holders can park in any faculty/staff/student space on campus until 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

Free, on-demand campus transportation is available today until 9 p.m. through the TapRide app. Use this service to move around campus or move your belongings if you need to switch units.

On Friday, UTA will run two buses from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Red Route. That route travels to residence halls, apartments, the Maverick Activities Center, and the UC. Check the DoubleMap app for more details.

Classes and exams
All classes in all modalities are canceled through Friday. Exams also are canceled.

Future updates

UTA officials are continuing to assess the impact of the storm on campus operations. Continue to monitor, UTA Facebook and Twitter, and TrailBlazer University emails for additional information.

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