UISD reports third water issue in a week as Laredo college has early release


For the third time in a week, the United Independent School District has reported a water problem at one of its schools.

Friday’s incident was the second in which a school had to be closed early due to a water problem. Unlike previous issues which were due to the City of Laredo water issues affecting the school district, this time it was an issue within a UISD property that required attention.

The latest case occurred in the southern part of the city, as this time the school affected was Lamar Bruni Vergara College. The City of Laredo’s assistance has also been requested by the district with this issue so that UISD employees can work on their side of the issue.

“The main water main at Lamar Bruni Vergara College has a very large leak,” UISD said in a statement. “The school’s water supply had to be shut off in order to repair the leak, which will take several hours. As a result, students and staff at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School have been released for the day.”

LMT spoke to UISD on Friday evening as an official said the situation was improving and they believed the water main issue would be resolved later that night.

“It’s going well, we are fixing the male adapter of the water main that supplies the school with water,” said Daisy Aguilera Navarro, UISD’s maintenance and operations manager. “We have our guys working there, and they should be finishing late tonight on that repair.”

According to Navarro, the cause of the latter case was normal wear and tear and the fact that at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School, the district had problems with the amount of water pressure that “pops joints over time.”

She added that it just happens out of the blue and is unexpected.

“It’s something just unexpected,” Navarro said. “It’s something that’s not very common.”

Water issues have been a problem all week for the district. On Tuesday, he had to release the first students for low water pressure problems due to a damaged city pipe. The schools involved were Senator Judith Zaffirini Elementary School, Bonnie Garcia Elementary School and Antonio Gonzalez Middle School. UISD’s Bill Johnson Student Activity Center was also hit, along with one of the district’s educational and administrative buildings in the area.

On Thursday another water issue occurred at the same locations listed above but due to the water outage caused by a line break early that morning it was resolved and the pressure water was restored quickly, preventing early layoffs.

According to UISD spokesman Jose Sanchez, UISD Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Construction Enrique Rangel said Thursday’s issue was a separate but similar incident. However, Sanchez says they were able to isolate the issue quickly and restore service within an hour.

“While the situation at Lamar Bruni Vergara Middle School today is an isolated issue with one of the district’s water lines, water outages at UISD schools are largely due to issues with water lines in the city of Laredo,” Sanchez said of the frequent issues. the week.

Navarro added that when it comes to issues that the maintenance team can resolve quickly, they do so as quickly as possible to avoid any disruption to teaching, which occurred Tuesday and Friday at those respective schools. .

Navarro also said none of the previous issues had anything to do with what happened on Friday.

The most recent issue was a little different as the damaged pipe this time was a UISD water line, not a Laredo city water line. However, the district reported that it was working with the city to turn off the water for the repair.

“In this particular incident, we had the help of the city because they had to go over there and shut down the main supply line that was on their side to be able to give us access to do our repairs,” said Navaro.

Another difference was that this time it was an isolated incident with no other UISD campuses affected. This is despite the fact that the college is very close to Lyndon B. Johnson High School.

According to UISD, regular classes are expected to resume on Monday when the issue is resolved.

“On Monday morning, we expect students to return to class as scheduled,” Navarro said.


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