A damaged well has turned into a campus-wide lesson in water conservation at Dakota State University in Madison. Students have been adjusting to life without water.
Students at Dakota State University are following the old adage, 'when life hands you lemons, make lemonade;' just serve it in a plastic cup when there's a water shortage.
"The only difference is they're putting everything in the garbage instead of being washed, so I think it's fine. It's working out pretty well," Dakota State University President David Borofsky said.
Dakota State served meals on paper plates instead of dishes. Food service also eliminated coffee from the menu. Bottled water is popular and not just as a refreshing drink. Some students are taking a bath out of a bottle.
"I used this water bottle. Kind of scrub it a little bit, kind of wash around as much as you can right here, and when I wash my face, I clean here and everywhere. It's a very useful way to clean since water is kind of contaminated right now," Dakota State University junior Cody Abrahamson said.
Winter hats aren't just for protection from the bad weather.
"I'm wearing a cap because my hair is gross and I'm not able to shower because of the water shortage, so I'm wearing a cap to cover the nastiness," Dakota State University junior Ashley Burtz said.
School administrators decided to hold classes even though there was very little water inside and a lot of snow blowing outside.
"So we really felt that we could minimize any damage that might occur and put some things in place that would protect or students and our employees," Borofsky said.
Dakota State students are awash in resourcefulness in the wake of a water shortage throughout town.
"It's kind of one of those things interesting things that we're going to look back like, 'Hey, remember when we were trapped on campus and had to eat from paper plates?' It's just kind of one of those funny things," Burtz said.
Dakota State also had hand-sanitizers available in rest rooms since students were urged to cut back on hand washing.