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Release: April 8, 1999

Utility testing may cause brief UI power interruption April 20

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa engineers testing the campus power system are warning of a possible power interruption to some buildings on campus on Tuesday, April 20, between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. An interruption, which would last no longer than 10 minutes, would come as the result of testing designed to determine how well the university's electrical generators can respond in the event the campus is suddenly disconnected from the MidAmerican Energy Company.

Rick Hellwig, a supervisor for facilities services group electrical power utility services, says he does not expect an interruption, but there is a possibility. "We're just testing the reliability of the system," he says. The tests are a normal part of business, he says, and not directly related to the millennium date-change issue, though the university's ability to respond to a utility disconnect at the millennium change is a concern.

The buildings that could be affected by the interruption are: the Art Building complex, Biology Buildings, Becker Communications Studies Building, Boyd Law Building, Burge Hall, Chemistry Building, Chemistry Annex, Currier Hall, Daum Hall, Eastlawn Building, English Philosophy Building, Hancher Auditorium, Hydraulics Lab Main Building, Iowa Advanced Technical Lab Building, Iowa Memorial Union, Jessup Hall, Library Building, Levitt Center, Mabie Theater Building, Maclean Hall, Macbride Hall, Voxman Music Building, North Hall, North Chilled Water Plant, Old Capitol, Old Music Building, Pappajohn Business Building, Phillips Hall, Power Plant, Quadrangle, Rienow Hall, Schaeffer Hall, Slater Hall, Stanley Hall, and Van Allen Hall.