Nov 4, 2011 1:40 PM by Andy Koen

Water service restored in Widefield

Around 650 students at Watson Junior High School in Widefield had to be sent home Friday morning because of a water outage.

Wayne Lovelis of the Widefield Water and Sanitation District says his crews were replacing a water main nearby when it cracked overnight. As a result, shortly after 1:30 a.m. they had to shut off water to the school and some 500 homes in the neighborhood.

James Drew of Widefield School District 3 says they were informed of the outage but were told the water service would be restored in time for class.

"We got to a point where our superintendent had to make a call at about 8:45, school had been in session for about an hour and 15 minutes at that point, and we made the call to cancel school for the rest of the day," Drew said.

Lovelis says the repair was made and by 10:15 a.m. the water was turned back on. However it was taking time to rebuild pressure in the lines.

The school alerted parents and by mid-day nearly all of the students had picked up. Drew says they were able to accommodate the remaining students at a near by facility until the end of the day. Classes should resume as scheduled on Monday.

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