5M gallon water leak cancels classes at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - A massive water leak has cancelled classes at Clemson University and led to an advisory to boil water for more than 50,000 people in Anderson and Pickens counties.

The Anderson Regional Joint Water System says 5 million gallons of water leaked and drained its holding tanks after a huge pipe broke near Exit 19 on Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. Thursday.

The broken pipe served Clemson University and the city of Clemson as well as Pendleton and Central. Service has been restored, but customers are being told to boil their water before drinking or cooking for at least the next 24 hours.

The dorms and dining halls at Clemson University remain open.

Officials say the broken pipe was installed in 1971 and was set to be replaced next year.