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Joint failure causes minor damage at Watertown High School

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Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 11:45 am

Quick response from staff at Watertown High School Friday morning stopped a split expansion joint on the high school’s hot water main from causing major damage, according to district officials.

At about 9:35 a.m. Friday, water fell from the ceiling in the commons, damaging a small section of ceiling tiles and insulation, according to Superintendent Cassandra Schug. District staff members immediately responded by shutting the water off and working to clean up the mess, Schug said.

“We had great responsiveness from our whole team here at the high school and also across the district,” Schug said.

When the Daily Times got in touch with Schug at about 10:30 a.m. Friday, she said crews were replacing the expansion joint that split. The new joint will have an additional metal band, she added.

The joint that failed had “been up there for quite awhile as well,” said business services director Doug Linse. The joint runs between two pipes in the high school’s boiler system, and the joints wear with age.

Staff worked to remove the water before students arrived for lunch, and Schug said she expected the lunch periods to continue as scheduled in the commons.

Linse added that the water did not come from a leak on the new roof.

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