All campus building heating/cooling systems and related services are provided by the Physical Plant, except for university housing, the Student Center, and the Student Recreation Center.
The Physical Plant operates and maintains all university utilities, plant and distribution systems except telephone services and cable television.
Steam is produced at the Steam Plant and distributed through 4.9 miles of underground tunnel and 2.5 miles of direct buried piping to all major campus buildings.
Chilled water is produced at two 3,500 ton plants. These plants are centrally located at the Communications Building and at Necker's Hall and distributed to 20 buildings through direct buried piping. Chilled water is also produced at Morris Library, the Wham Building, Pulliam Hall, Quigley Hall, Trueblood and Lentz Halls and is utilized for cooling in all of those buildings.
Electric power is purchased from Ameren CIPS and distributed throughout the Campus through a university owned underground primary distribution system.
Water and sewer services are purchased from the City of Carbondale and with the exception of outlying university owned houses and housing buildings which are directly connected to the city system, these services are distributed throughout the Campus through a university owned underground piping system.
The University operates a 3.14 mega-watt turbine electrical generator powered by steam generated by a circulating fluidized bed boiler that provides 10-15 percent of the Campus electrical power.
Natural gas is purchased from Texas Utilities and Central Illinois Public Service and is distributed throughout campus through the utility company's underground piping system.
Some off-campus buildings require L.P. gas or fuel oil for heating. These fuels are purchased by the Physical Plant and delivered by an outside vendor.
All utility services are managed by the Physical Plant and all malfunctions, outages, and other disruptions should be reported to the Facilities Operations Center.
Utility costs are billed to student housing, the Student Center, and the Student Recreation Center. Utility rates are established on an annual basis. These rates recover the entire cost of providing the utility services and include the costs to purchase or produce the utilities and to operate and maintain the utility systems.