University of Wyoming’s Student Health Service Reopens, More Water Line Breaks Reported
The University of Wyoming’s Student Health Service has reopened after being closed last Friday due to a water line break.
Crews are continuing work in several other campus buildings in response to a series of water line breaks over the winter holiday.
Last week water lines were reported broken at Coe Library, the Washakie Dining Center, the History Building, the State Veterinary Laboratory, the Indoor Practice Facility and the Visual Arts Building.
An additional pipe break on the third floor of the Education Annex was reported Saturday morning. The break caused significant damage on all three floors. In addition, an external water source froze and broke at the Jacoby Golf Course clubhouse, resulting in some internal damage that was discovered Sunday.
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. Temperatures dropped to below -20 degrees over the time that the line breaks were reported.
Crews from UW and Belfor Inc., a property restoration company, are engaged in cleanup and repair.
No cost estimates of damages are yet available. Damages include saturated ceiling panels, carpet, sheet rock and insulation, wet books, and some damaged electronic and scientific equipment.