Nittany Pointe Apartment residents without water

Penn State students living in the off-campus Nittany Pointe Apartments have been without water from 5 p.m. Thursday to at least 4 p.m. Friday.

Toilets, showers, washing machines and perhaps even emergency sprinklers have been of no use to residents.

Nittany Pointe’s answering service staff did not know whether the problem affected all residents, about 600 people.

Members of Nittany Pointe’s answering service relayed to the Mirror information they received from the maintenance staff Friday afternoon:

“We are aware of the problem, and we are waiting for someone to fix the pump.”

Altoona Water Authority Foreman Mike Bianconi said the city water authority’s responsibility for Nittany Pointe’s water supply ends at a valve leading to Nittany Pointe’s private water system.

Bianconi said Nittany Pointe’s private pump was broken last year, too.

“Their people basically walked away from it,” he said.

He received many angry calls from parents, but he explained it was solely Nittany Pointe’s responsibility.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous for concern of how Nittany Pointe might treat him, said many students, including his friends, didn’t go to class because of the problem.

“You smell. It’s a detriment to going to class. You can’t wash your clothes, shower or brush your teeth,” he said.

The source said some Nittany Pointe residents are using campus showers.

And aside from basic hygiene concerns, residents, not knowing whether the sprinklers work, are also concerned about safety.

The anonymous source said there has been no communication by Nittany Pointe to the residents.

Campus community relations staff were unaware of the problem Friday.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435