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Official: Kishwaukee College likely to reopen Thursday

Results of water testing pending after main break

Kishwaukee College on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Kishwaukee College on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

MALTA – Classes should resume at Kishwaukee College on Thursday after a water-main break closed the school for two days this week.

School officials were waiting for results from water testing Wednesday, but provided the water supply checks out, classes will resume Thursday, said Kayte Hamel, executive director of marketing and public relations.

The water-main break also forced the postponement of the school’s special kickoff event to commemorate its 50th anniversary. That event was scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday. The first classes were held at Kishwaukee College in fall 1968.

Hamel said a new date for the event had been proposed Wednesday afternoon, and officials likely would approve it by early next week.

Kevin Fuss, vice president of administration, said school officials noticed a problem about midnight Monday. After a few hours, workers determined the location of the water-main break. It was repaired by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the system needed to be filled, pressurized and flushed before testing could begin.

Officials chose to close the school Wednesday so 24 hours of testing could be completed.

The break was the result of an elbow in the line being distressed because of its age, said Keith Lamb, director of operations at Kishwaukee College. An estimated cost to repair the break was not available Wednesday.

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