The water line for the new Park Elementary School is hooked up and working.
County school officials are awaiting results of a test last week that is expected to show that the flow is fine and the water clear, said county planner Mimi Kelly. Until then, the school remains under a temporary occupancy permit.
The school opened in August with two water tanks in the parking lot for fighting fires. Contractors had hooked into the 8-inch water line to the school, but the line lacked sufficient pressure for firefighting.
The state fire marshal's office would not allow the building to open until there was enough water to supply hoses and the sprinkler system. The situation became an embarrassment to the school system's construction division, which has a legacy of troubles.
At one point, contractors broke up a recently repaved section of Ritchie Highway where maps showed a bigger water line, but found a gas line. Since then, they have hooked into the Ritchie Highway water main.
Pub Date: 12/16/96