Hot Water Troubles

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New hot water system installed at RJ Wasson Academic Campus

New hot water system installed at RJ Wasson Academic Campus

Josiah Clamp

Josiah Clamp

New hot water system installed at RJ Wasson Academic Campus

Josiah Clamp and Josiah Clamp

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In August of the 2017-2018 school year on the Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, the hot water began to come out of faucets as a shade of brown.  This sparked a series of tests ordered by Building Manager, David Peterson.   This pushed the school to fix a problem that they did not know was there.

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David Peterson in the Campus boiler room

An initial test determined what the problem was and if the water was safe to use. The test results showed that the water was under standards required by regulations. As a result of the first test,  Peterson, on behalf of the Campus, contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, an organization that regulates water quality and could make recommendations for improving the entirety of the school’s water outlets. They tested every single outlet for water on the Campus.

The results of this testing and the problem of water turning brown was caused by the tank where hot water was stored.  The original tank from 1959, was corroding because the school doesn’t use as much hot water since the Campus was re-purposed from Wasson High School to the R. J. Wasson Academic Campus. The water had begun to stagnate inside the tank.  The water had turned color over a long weekend, when not much water was being used.

The solution to the problem included exchanging the original water tank for two smaller ones.   This allowed the water within the tanks to be circulated regularly.  The new system of dual tanks prevents this erosion. After the work was completed, additional water tests ensured the problem was resolved.

This was the second occurrence of the same problem was found in the District, so District facilities initiated testing throughout the entire District to prevent similar problems. The water is now safe for use.

 

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