ECU Cuts Off Hot Water

The cold weather outside is one thing, but now, some state workers will no longer have hot water to wash their hands with inside public facilities.

East Carolina University has to cut energy consumption by 20 percent. The solution? Shut off the hot water inside administrative and classroom buildings.

Residence halls, dining facilities and the child development doesn't fall under this new rule.

But those who work in several of the administrative buildings across campus now have to wash their hands with icy, cold water just so the state can save some cold hard cash.

Bill Bagnell says this is a permanent change for the university prompted by the general assembly.

He says this could save them roughly $120-150 thousand dollars a year.


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  • by ECU Senoir Location: Greenville on Jan 31, 2010 at 01:30 PM
    I have read alot of the comments below and alot of commenters are completely off base on alot of issues. I agree that state employees should not be the ones slated with salary cuts and "improper" working conditions. Warm, if not hot, water should be in all public buildings especially in a flu season such as this, as a health professions university East Carolina should know better. Let's ask those bright engineers at NCSU to invent something, I'm not saying that us Pirate's couldnt, its just not our specialty. Students and staff would love a parking deck for use but the ground is just too soft around Greenville for such a heavy structure, I wish this wasnt the case. As most students and staff know ECU has seldom made wise money decisions. Christian woman, wow, ECU has probably kept Greenville above the poverty line for years. Yes, the students can get rowdy at times but the college is this town. I am a christian but your post was full of ignorance.
  • by Veracity Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    Did they just cut off the water heaters? Did they wrap the pipes too? Interested in knowing if there is a greater or lesser occurrence of frozen pipes in those buildings. I would have thought wrapping pipes, creating a two stage system, and using timers would have made more sense but I don't know the way the buildings in question were designed and the pipes laid. Guess before making this decision whoever set this in motion KNEW the decision would be a wise one which could ONLY save money?
  • by Anonymous Location: ECU on Jan 14, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I used the restroom in the Spillman building(Chancellor's Office) yesterday and had plenty of hot water. Hmmm.....
  • by solution on Jan 14, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    build a parking deck. charge a twenty five cents an hour. seriously, parking is why i quit school. cold water when washing my hands? didnt know you needed to use hot.
  • by Chris on Jan 13, 2010 at 01:58 PM
    As an ECU student the university is constantly talking about cleanliness and hand washing do they not understand that cold water does not work as well as warm water in washing hands??? Second ok so they want to save money why are they tearing down the Croatan building and rebuilding a two story Croatan building??? Third ok so you want to save on hot water, turn the temperature down to half so the water is at least warm not hot. Wow thats a novel concept instead of saving 150,000 save 75,000 how much are they really trying to save i'm sure I can work the budget to save that money with bad decisions. I mean how much does it cost to keep the multimillion dollar fountain running all the time year round????
  • by Sandy Location: Greenville on Jan 13, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    I can't believe that turning off hot water is that news worthy!!!! I work at ECU, while I hate to wash my hands in cold water, I would rather them cut the hot water than to cut my salary again.
  • by Malcolm Location: Gville on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    "Christian Woman," don't act like that, you are giving true Christians a bad name. Just send them to needgod dot com. Let them figure it out.
  • by LOL! Location: enc on Jan 12, 2010 at 07:58 PM
    Christian Woman: That is a GREAT parody post! Genious! You are a hoot! (At least, I am assuming her post was in jest... if not, welcome to 1920 and let the Prohibition/Al Capone/Mafia War failed policy fun begin)! Whoohoo! Party ON- Christian Woman dude. You do look GOOD in that burqa... oh, sorry... wrong religion... I think. I'm gonna party like it's 1599!
  • by Suck it up people Location: Pirate Territory on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    My hot water heater elements need to be replaced. Have found that cold showers are quite invigorating in the morning. Modern technology and conveniences have made us soft and fat. Americans many times do not appreciate just how easy we have it. Think about what the armed forces personnel are currently having to deal with in Afghanistan trying to keep us safe. Be glad you are one of the fortunate Americans who still has a job. Improvise and be thankful for what you have.
  • by Brandin Location: Iraq on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    How about we take the first 5 people that complain fire them and the money from their salaries is used to turn the water heater back on. No more complainers and hot water. Everyone is happy!
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