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August 24, 2014 -- 3:15 p.m.

We are pleased to advise that the Facilities team has completed the proper flushing of all campus pipes and equipment as recommended by the Town of Wellesley. Thank you for your cooperation during this time. 

Due to the flushing of the lines and hydrants, some community members may experience a lack of water pressure and/or discolored water.  However, this is an expected result and does not pose an immediate health risk.  Contact Facilities or Public Safety​ if you have any questions.  

These are the recommended steps by the Town of Wellesley and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Cold Water Faucets: Run tap water until the water feels cold, one minute or more, before drinking, tooth brushing, or using for food preparation. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water first
  • Hot Water Faucets: To clear hot-water pipes and water heater of untreated water, change all faucets to hot water and flush for a minimum of 30 minutes. Hot water is then safe to use for washing hands, and for hand-washing of dishes, pots and pans, etc.
  • Dishwashers: After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run dishwasher empty one time.
  • Humidifiers: Discard any water used in humidifiers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP),oral, medical or health care devices, and rinse the device with clean water.
  • Food and baby formula: Discard baby formula and other foods prepared with water on the day or days of the boil order.
  • Refrigerator water-dispensing machine: Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed by at least one quart of water. If unsure of your dispenser's capacity, refer to manufacturer specifications.
  • Ice cubes: Automatic ice dispensers should be emptied of ice made during the boil order and run through a 24-hour cycle, discarding the ice to assure purging of the icemaker water supply line.
August 23, 2014 -- 4 p.m.
The Town of Wellesley has advised that the Boil Water Order has been lifted, however, all Babson campus community members and visitors should continue to boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. The Babson Facilities team is diligently working to properly flush all water lines and equipment throughout campus over the next couple days in order to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. When that process is completed, we will advise further. 
August, 21, 2014 -- 3:30 p.m.
Until further notice, all on-campus community members should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute.  Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after August 19, 2014 should be discarded as a precaution.  A Town of Wellesley water sample tested positive for e.coli.  College operations will continue as normal. As new information becomes available, we will continue to keep you apprised. More information is available via the Press Release from Town of Wellesley (pdf).
Water locations have been set up in Lunder Admission Center, Olin Hall, Trim Dining Hall, Reynolds Campus Center, and Webster Athletic Center.
August, 21, 2014 -- 12:10 p.m.
Public Safety has been advised of a BOIL WATER ADVISORY in the Town of Wellesley. Use only bottled water at this time.

What To Do In a Boil Water Advisory

  • Use bottled (or boiled) water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing produce, making ice, etc. It is safe to shower with the water.
  • Use hand sanitizer to wash your hands, or use water that has been boiled and sufficiently cooled.
  • Do not drink tap water, even from water fountains or personal filters, unless boiled.
  • Stop using appliances and equipment that use tap water, such as coffee makers and ice trays.
  • Do not eat food that was washed or prepared with non-boiled water.
  • Do not wash hands with tap water.

To boil water

  • Fill a pot with water.
  • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
  • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 1 minute.
  • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
  • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

Preparing and cooking food

  • Wash all fruits and vegetables with boiled water that has cooled or bottled water.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before adding food to cook.
  • Use boiled water when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade
  • Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.

Bathing and showering

  • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
  • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Brushing teeth

Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.


It is safe to do laundry as usual.

If You Consumed Water

Be reassured that you will most likely be fine without any illness but, in the case of illness, please be aware of the following:
  • Symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days, but can take up to 8 days.
  • Most people recover without antibiotics or other specific treatment in 5-10 days.
  • There is no evidence that antibiotics improve the course of disease, and it is thought that treatment with some antibiotics may precipitate kidney complications.
  • Antidiarrheal agents, such as loperamide (Imodium), should also be avoided.
If you should develop diarrhea,  stay hydrated with bottled water. If you are running a fever and/or vomiting, you should be seen by a medical provider. In the absence of a fever they should not be alarmed but if you require more information, please call Health Services at 781-239-6363. The people at risk are the very young and the elderly and those who are immunocompromised.

Emergency Preparedness

Public Safety

The Public Safety Department supports the Babson community by implementing programs in emergency preparedness to build, sustain, and improve the capacity of the College to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency disasters.

Babson College is actively working to provide for the safety and security of members of the Babson community. The College has a standing Crisis Management Team, consisting of senior administrators, which is ready to act as necessary.

In the event of an emergency, Babson has an emergency notification system in place and will give information to the community via email, voice mail, text message or through other appropriate methods.

For the Following Audiences


Parents and Undergraduate Students Office of Student Affairs 781-239-4218
Graduate Students Office of Graduate Student Affairs 781-239-4018
Faculty and Staff Office of Human Resources 781-239-4419.
General Information About Terrorism
Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom.

Terrorists often use threats to:
  • Create fear among the public
  • Try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism
  • Get immediate publicity for their causes

Acts of terrorism include threats of terrorism; assassinations; kidnappings; hijackings; bomb scares and bombings; cyber attacks (computer-based); and the use of chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons.


High-risk targets for acts of terrorism include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities, and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, terrorists are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail.

Within the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire, and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.

General Safety Guidelines

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right
  •  Report suspicious activity to the Babson Public Safety Department 781-239-5555 or local police. 
  • Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
  • Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency
  • Be prepared to do without services you normally depend on—electricity, telephone, natural gas, gasoline pumps, cash registers, ATMs, and Internet transactions
  • Be Prepared: Everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves and their family and stay informed about what to do during an emergency.
More Information
For further information on Terrorism Awareness and Emergency Preparedness, visit ​