Around 3:00 p.m. today there was a 6” water main break in Jordan Science Center.
Vice President of Operations, Kathie Shafer, says campus facilities responded quickly. Both contractors and public water provider, United Water, arrived to campus shortly after the break. United Water is currently still working to minimize damage.
There was initial water in the Oakes Museum basement and in Kline Hall. However the main break has now been contained to the Jordan Science Center.
Shafer says United Water is expected to fix the main tonight and restore water service to the building. However the water line will be flushed and the water will be tested with results arriving in 72 hours. Until then United Water advises that no one drink the water in Jordan. Once the college receives the test results of the water, the campus will receive an update.
During this time, the front doors of the building will be closed for 48 hours. If anyone needs to access the building, they are advised to use the back entrance by the WW Parking Lot.
For anyone in the building, there will be bottled water available in the Kline Hall employee lounge. The water in Kline Hall is safe to drink and coffee can also be made in the employee lounge.
Shafer says the break will not impact the start of classes or the continuing construction schedule. The majority of the construction around the building will be finished this week, with additional work in the coming weeks.
Shafer also says the pipe was not hit and the official cause of the break has yet to be determined. For more information, read Kathie Shafer’s full statement below:
On Monday, August 24, 2015 at approximately 3:00 p.m. a water main at Jordan Science Center broke. The campus facilities team responded with contractors on site to address the issue. United Water, our public water provider, was called and is currently on site to fix the break.
There was some water found in the Oakes Museum basement and the team has worked to clean the area. While for a short time there was limited water in Kline Hall, this water main break is contained to Jordan Science Center.
United Water expects to have the main fixed tonight and water service restore to the building. However, due to the break, United Water advises that no one should drink the water in Jordan Science Center. Under standard public utility protocol, the water line will need to be flushed and the water will be tested with expected results within 72 hours. Signs have been place throughout the building and bottled water has been made available in the Kline Hall employee lounge, located on the first floor. The water in Kline Hall is available to drink and coffee can be made in the employee lounge. When the college receives the test results that the water is clear for drinking an update will be sent to campus.
Thank you for working with us as we get the water back on and campus ready for the start of the academic year.