The water leak that never seemed to end

Text and photography by Michael Menaster

 

In December 2017 on the Ocean Campus, an outdoor water leak broke out on the southwest edge of the Multi-Use Building (MUB). What began as a bubbling puddle developed into large areas of standing water that flowed into the MUB parking lot and into a nearby sewer drain for nearly two months until it was repaired on Feb. 16.

It’s unclear how much water was lost. The college suspected that a leaking fire hydrant caused the leak, so the San Francisco Fire Department investigated and ruled this out.

Before the college could begin digging, it contacted PG&E and AT&T to ensure that it would not damage utility lines servicing MUB.

The college’s sole plumber had difficulty finding the source of the leak, so the college hired a contractor specializing in water leak detection.

Using sophisticated tools, the contractor pinpointed the source of the leak to a portion of the main water supply line servicing the MUB.

Now the infamous leak is history.

 

A water leak from the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) formed puddles in the ground and drained into the adjacent parking lot (not shown). Feb. 13, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman
A water leak from the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) formed puddles in the ground and drained into the adjacent parking lot (not shown) on Feb. 13, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

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Contract plumber, Jose Lopez, solders a flange to new copper pipe that will replace the leaking water supply to MUB on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

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Contract plumber, Jose Lopez, finished digging up the source of a water leak at the Ocean Camps Multi-Use Building (MUB). Depicted is the main water supply line to the MUB was the source of the leak on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

(L-R) ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez and a man who goes by Dave The Plumber dig a hole to uncover the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.
(L-R) ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez and a man who goes by Dave The Plumber dig a hole to uncover the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

(L-R) ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez and a man who goes by Dave The Plumber finish digging a hole to uncover the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.
(L-R) ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez and a man who goes by Dave The Plumber finish digging a hole to uncover the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez inspects the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB). Feb. 15, 2018. Michael Menaster/The Guardsman
ACC Engineering Systems Plumber Jose Lopez inspects the source of a water leak at the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) on Feb. 15, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

Ravens in the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) parking lot drinking water from a leak outside of the MUB on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.
Ravens in the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) parking lot drinking water from a leak outside of the MUB on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

Ravens in the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) parking lot drinking water from a leak in the MUB on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman
Ravens in the Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) parking lot drinking water from a leak outside of the MUB on Feb. 16, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster/The Guardsman.

 

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Ongoing water leak at Ocean Campus Multi-Use Building (MUB) with water going into parking lot sewer drain (foreground right) on Feb. 13, 2018. Photo by Michael Menaster.