By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
1:10 PM EST, February 10, 2013
The University of Baltimore Law Center was scheduled to reopen at noon on Sunday after being closed for a water main break.
The break that cut water service to the law center at the University of Baltimore forced campus officials to clear the building of students on Saturday, and cancel classes and activities, according to university officials.
On Sunday afternoon, officials said facilities personnel tested the fire suppression system and rest rooms at the center and determined they were operating normally.
It is anticipated the law center will open on time and operate on a normal schedule for Monday, Feb 11, according to an email from University Police Chief Samuel D. Tress.
On Saturday, water to the building, near the intersection of W. Mt. Royal and Maryland avenues in the city's Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood, was interrupted about 4:30 p.m., according to Chris Hart, a university spokesman.
By law, university officials had to ask all students — including some in study groups — to leave the building, Hart said.
Kurt Kocher, a city public works spokesman, said the 10-inch-wide water main had broken along Maryland Avenue near Interstate 83, and crews were at the scene as of 5:30 p.m. working to determine the problem.
Kocher said he did not know how many customers in total were without water, but said the likely cause of the break is an aging line.
"It's probably quite old," he said. "Aging infrastructure is the cause of the vast majority of these problems."
This story has been updated.
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