Leeward CC to reopen after water main break; one of several reported on campus

A water main break caused a big mess at Leeward Community College, forcing classes to be canceled Monday.

“The break occurred on an 8-inch water main line for the campus and there was significant water damage,” said Mark Lane, vice-chancellor of administrative services.

Crews have been working around the clock to clean up the mess. Water got into eight classrooms, about three inches high.

“The pressure of the break from the water actually inflated the sidewalk and it was like a lava dome, is the best way to describe it,” said Lane. “We made a decision in the best interest of our faculty, staff, and students to close the campus today so that we could complete the work.”

Crews had to dig 10 feet below the concrete just to reach the pipe. We’re told this was the third water main break on campus in less than a month.

“Our infrastructure is nearing about 50 years old, and so I think just wear and tear of that critical infrastructure is occurring,” Lane said.

LCC was built in 1968. With an aging campus, we wanted to know how much money is budgeted for these types of repairs. We’re told roughly $25,000-$50,000, but that could be reevaluated.

“We’ve got to be attentive to these types of issues in the future,” Lane said.

Water service has been restored and all but one classroom will be ready for students by Tuesday.

“Right now that pressure makes one classroom inaccessible, because we can’t open the door,” Lane explained.

There’s no word yet on how much this latest break will cost.

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