Running Water Returns to Norman Hall
GAINESVILLE--After two weeks of a dry spell, Normal Hall at the University of Florida will finally have water once again.
The building on campus has had no running water since classes started.
"It's really hard to go across the street and have to go to the bathroom or get water," said UF student Gregory Trzeciak.
All water fountains, bathrooms, and sinks in the "old" Norman Hall building have been out of order for two weeks.
A main water pipe that runs underneath the building broke, leaving the building waterless.
"We have classes in the 'old' Norman and in the 'new' Norman," said UF student Katherine Rzeczzycki. "So when we're in the 'old' Norman, we have to walk into the 'new' Norman building."
While some students walk across 13th Street to use the restroom, the new addition to Norman Hall does have running water.
These early childhood education students say that while it still may be inconvenient, their professors have all been understanding.
"They've been considerate," said UF student Gabby Bradhaw. "We have like 15 minute breaks in between, so we can make it to 'new' Norman if we're in 'old' Norman.
Bathrooms are taped off and sings redirecting students to the facilities in the additional building are posted.
The Associate Dean at the College of Education says both students and faculty have cooperated.
"We've asked staff and faculty to be extra supportive of students," said Tom Dana, Associate Dean, College of Education. "And just being flexible because it's an unusual situation and everyone understands that it's temporary and that we've got to accommodate everyone's needs."
Workers have rerouted the water main across the building and water is expected to return this Friday.
Because of an unexpected additional failure to the line, the total price-tag for the repairs is still being determined.
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