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2 Davis County schools adjust, get by without running water after main break

By Mike Anderson, KSL TV | Posted - Sep. 27, 2017 at 9:10 p.m.

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CLEARFIELD — Students at South Clearfield Elementary likely noticed one minor change as they arrived for classes Wednesday morning: blue portable restrooms spread around the outside of the school.

"This is just the standard protocol for things like this," Principal Buck Ekstrom said. "Things like this happen, and we just carry on."

The interruption in water service came as a result of a main break along 700 South, where a new I-15 on-ramp is being built. The pipe broke apart Tuesday afternoon.

"The crews were just moving dirt, and the continual movement over the top of the dirt just put pressure on the pipe, and cracked the pipe underneath the road," Clearfield Communications Coordinator Trevor Cahoon explained.

Water was shut off late Tuesday afternoon, affecting a triangle-shaped area between 1000 East and State Street and to the south of state Route 193. Repairs initially were expected to wrap up around 11:30 a.m., but the work extended until around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's a welded steel pipe that's tar-coated," Cahoon said. "It needs specialized equipment to stop the leak."

Ekstrom said contingency plans immediately went into effect, once administrators with Davis School District learned his school and North Davis Junior High would have to go the day without running water.

"The port-a-potties were delivered and the water and hand sanitizer were out here, and the official call went out to parents," Ekstrom explained. "It was all planned as seamless because the district is well-prepared when these types of things come up."

Nearby Clearfield High School still had some running water. School district spokesman Chris Williams said there were only minor changes with gym classes since students wouldn't be able to use the showers.

Aside from the port-a-potties and some cold, ready-made lunches, Ekstrom school went on as normal Wednesday.

"The kids bounce back and roll with the punches very easy," he said. "It's just another learning experience, even for the students today."


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