Water-main break caused an outage in RTF building.
By Nicole Bautista
Students, faculty, staff and visitors in the Longwith Radio, Television and Film building could once again wash their hands and use the restrooms today after workers repaired a broken water main that had left the building without water for nearly a day and a half last week.
Water was shut off in the building Thursday because of a water main break, sending students and staff to the visual arts center to fulfill their water-related needs said audiovisual specialist Robert Flores.
“It was a broken fitting on the main water supply going into the building,” said facilities superintendent David Ortega.
A piece of concrete from the building’s original construction had shifted because of the ground settling, Ortega said. The concrete was pushing down on the water line, which led to the break.
“It was about eight feet deep, so it had been under a lot of pressure over the years,” he said.
Facilities staff replaced the pipe and the fittings, Ortega said.
The water was off for a couple of hours Thursday and all day Friday, academic unit assistant Judy Kabo said.
“When I walked in this morning, it was on,” Kabo said today.
Ortega said the problem was solved and water was turned back on by Friday night.