The water leak that never seemed to end

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

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.