Morning sprinklers flood walkway

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Sprinklers flooded the walkway north of Gonzales, and the water flowed south to Candler Friday. The sprinklers had been running since before 7:30 a.m. and were off at 10:30 a.m. An employee in the facilities department said a couple of people called in the problem before 9 a.m. San Antonio is currently in Stage 2 water restrictions, according to the San Antonio Water System website.

Sprinklers flooded the walkway north of Gonzales, and the water flowed south to Candler Friday. The sprinklers had been running since before 7:30 a.m. and were off at 10:30 a.m. An employee in the facilities department said a couple of people called in the problem before 9 a.m. San Antonio is currently in Stage 2 water restrictions, according to the San Antonio Water System website. Photo by Mandy Derfler

Runoff from sprinklers north of Gonzales drains to Candler Friday. The walkways were flooded.

Runoff from sprinklers north of Gonzales drains to Candler Friday. The walkways were flooded. Photo by Mandy Derfler

This campus contains 15,000-20,000 sprinkler heads.

By Mandy Derfler

aderfler@student.alamo.edu

Automatic sprinklers on the north side of Gonzales Hall did not turn off Friday morning, flooding the walkway south to Candler Physical Education Center.

Facilities superintendent David Ortega said the malfunction derived from two possible sources.

Either a timer failed to send the shutdown signal, or the solenoid, the part of the sprinkler system controlling the opening and closing of the valves, never closed, he said.

The sprinklers in that zone have been turned off until the problem is found and fixed.

The campus sprinkler system comprises 15,000 to 20,000 sprinkler heads and is broken down to 24 zones. Each zone has 20 clocks controlling the timing of the sprinklers, Ortega said.

Normally, the system turns on at 4 a.m. and cycles through the different zones until 8 a.m., he said. Each zone runs five to 10 minutes.

On Friday, Ortega said the sprinklers in the zone north of Gonzales Hall were running for a couple of hours. They were still running at 9:30 a.m. and were turned off before 10:30 a.m.

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