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UW Student Health Service Reopens; Work Continues After Water Line Breaks

January 5, 2015

The University of Wyoming’s Student Health Service has reopened after being closed last Friday due to a water line break.

Meanwhile, crews are continuing work in several other campus buildings in response to a spate of water line breaks over the winter holiday.

An additional pipe break on the third floor of the Education Annex was reported Saturday morning; it caused significant damage on all three floors. And an external water source froze and broke at the Jacoby Golf Course clubhouse, resulting in some internal damage that was discovered Sunday.

Other buildings where water lines broke and damage was sustained last week are Coe Library, the Washakie Dining Center, the History Building, the State Veterinary Laboratory, the Indoor Practice Facility and the Visual Arts Building.

It appears that frozen pipes due to subzero weather caused most of the breaks, although the factors that led to the pipes’ exposure to cold temperatures vary.

No cost estimates of damages are yet available, but they include saturated ceiling panels, carpet, sheetrock and insulation; wet books; and some damaged electronic and scientific equipment. Crews from UW and Belfor Inc., a property restoration company, are engaged in cleanup and repair.

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