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Water Main Breaks Outside LSRC

Water Main Breaks Outside LSRC

LSRC without water while crews work to repair water line

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A water main burst outside the LSRC building early Friday morning.
A water main burst outside the LSRC building early Friday morning. Photo by Doug Hayes.

Durham, NC - A water main outside the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) burst in the early morning hours on Friday leading crews to shut off water to the building until repairs can be made.

The building remains open for use, but there is currently no water in the building, which impacts bathroom facilities and research housed in the building. Building occupants are advised to use the bathroom facilities in nearby buildings such as French Family Science Center, North Building, Engineering or Physics until the water has been restored to the LSRC.

"We are working on a temporary means of providing water to accommodate specific research needs," said Wayne Thomann, director for Occupational and Environmental Safety Office, “and we’re coordinating with the city fire marshal on fire safety."

John Noonan, vice president for Facilities, said that the broken pipe was discovered around 3 a.m. and the water turned off by 4 a.m., but the cause had not been determined as yet.

"We shut off the water and immediately began to excavate the pipe to assess the damage and make necessary repairs," he said. "At this point, we don’t know how long the water might be off, but we hope to have it repaired and the water back on later today."

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