University of Wisconsin–Madison

Downtown Water Main Break Causes Issues on Campus

Update: This issue has been resolved.

A water main break in downtown Madison may cause water pressure issues and discolored water in campus buildings.

Main breaks often cause pressure changes, stirring up mineral sediment in mains and causing discolored water. If you have discolored water after the break has been isolated, run a cold water tap in the lowest level of the building for a few minutes until the water clears. If it doesn’t clear, avoid using water, wait an hour and try again. While drinking discolored water isn’t recommended, the minerals are not considered harmful.

For more information and the latest updates, visit the City of Madison Water Utility.