Water returns to Longwith

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Academic program director James “Hot Mustard” Velten and music business instructor Julie Good admire the crater from the second-story break room balcony of Longwith Oct. 17, following the repair of an Oct. 14 water-main break Oct. 14. The water was shut off Oct. 14. Velten said, the water was running upon arrival Monday morning.  Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Academic program director James “Hot Mustard” Velten and music business instructor Julie Good admire the crater from the second-story break room balcony of Longwith Oct. 17, following the repair of an Oct. 14 water-main break Oct. 14. The water was shut off Oct. 14. Velten said, the water was running upon arrival Monday morning. Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Water-main break caused an outage in RTF building.

By Nicole Bautista

sac-ranger@alamo.edu    

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.

Facilities superintendent David Ortega works a backhoe to dig up dirt and mud from the ground to get to the water pipes at Longwith Oct. 14. Because of a water main break, the water in Longwith had been shut off since Oct. 13. Facilities crew ireplaced a pipe and turned the water back on that night.  Photo by Aly Miranda

Facilities superintendent David Ortega works a backhoe to dig up dirt and mud from the ground to get to the water pipes at Longwith Oct. 14. because of a water main break. The water in Longwith had been shut off since Oct. 13. Facilities crew replaced a pipe and turned the water back on that night. Photo by Aly Miranda

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.

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