Quickly Restored After Line Break
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Water
is expected to be fully restored to two student
houses by this evening, less than 24 hours after
an underground break in the waterline forced water to
be temporarily shut off to the pair of residences.
Students in Gillett and Northrop houses were notified of
the disruption in supply early Friday, Sept. 12, and staff
from Dining Services delivered bottled water for students’ use
in the morning.
The break was first noticed at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when
water began to come up from the ground outside Northrop house.
Plumbers worked in conjunction with the city water department
to locate the crack in the six-inch pipe.
“The crew stayed through the night and by 9 a.m. this
morning had restored the domestic water supply through temporary
connections to both buildings,” said Robert Lesko, associate director of
facilities management. “The
break was a stress crack in the cast iron waterline. The rest of that line appears
to be in good condition.”
About 80 students occupy Gillett House and the same number,
are located on Elm Street.