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WHS water main leaks disrupt school activities

WORTHINGTON -- As Worthington High School students made their last-minute preparations for the first week of school, WHS administrators and staff were working hard to ensure the school building could be opened.

WHS Principal Paul Karelis received a call Saturday evening notifying him of a leak in the water main. With help from Nienkerk Construction, the leak was located and patched Sunday just in time for the new school year.

"We assume that the water main has been there since the school was built in 1954," Karelis said. "We don't know if it's weak, or there could be other problems causing it."

Whatever the cause was, two other leaks were identified after school on Monday.

"Just when we were filling one hole, another (leak) blew out about eight to nine feet from the hole," Karelis added.

Leaks in the water main meant no water supply throughout the building.

"We had to bring the system back on line very slowly," Karelis said of the repair process for a building as large as the high school.

With three leaks in three days, the WHS booster club's kickoff event -- which had been scheduled for Monday -- has been postponed to 5.30 p.m. next Monday.