Portable restrooms, bottled water delivered to Bowie High School after large water leak

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A large water leak reported at Bowie High School caused the school to lose 26,000 gallons an hour, Austin ISD said. The district reported Monday night the leak has now been fixed, and the water is back on.

District leaders expect normal campus operations to resume Tuesday.

The water leak was discovered Monday morning, the district said. Portable restrooms and hand sanitizer were delivered to the school, and teachers told KXAN they got access to those supplies around 1 p.m.

The only other option for thousands of staff and students was to use the sports facility bathrooms — a nearly 10-minute walk from classes.

According to one teacher, at one point it caused more than 300 staff members to share two bathrooms. Many questioned why the district didn’t just send everyone home for the day.

“To have that many children on campus with no water and and half the day gone before you have a solution when you knew that there was a problem last week is just, I don’t know,” Sheri Roach, a Bowie High School mom, said.

Teachers we spoke with said they were worried about their students’ wellbeing.

“I am beyond frustrated,” a teacher said. “And most of that’s because I would think our first job as educators is making sure that these students are in a safe place and just does not feel like a safe place right now… This has been an ongoing issue.”

  • A large water leak reported at Bowie High School is causing the school to lose 26,000 gallons an hour, Austin ISD said. (Contributed photo)
  • A large water leak reported at Bowie High School is causing the school to lose 26,000 gallons an hour, Austin ISD said. (Contributed photo)
  • A large water leak reported at Bowie High School is causing the school to lose 26,000 gallons an hour, Austin ISD said. (Contributed photo)

AISD said it noticed low water pressure on Friday. Many felt like the issue wasn’t addressed, causing the major leak Monday.

The district said it repaired a set of valves. According to a spokesperson, after the line was re-pressurized, it broke. The leak is located in a space under the building.

The kitchen was still able to serve lunch to students and several pallets of bottled water and gallon jugs were delivered to the school, the district said.

The repairs are not expected to impact class Tuesday. According to AISD, water was shut off to try to contain the water rushing in.

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