By Zach Armstrong
PRINCE GEORGE, Va -- Prince George High School's domestic water tank had a complete and sudden failure, causing issues starting around Jan. 17.
After determining the system would need to be replaced entirely, PGCPS started the procurement process to receive bids for the work required and awarded a contract to Warwick Industries. According to the school division, installation of the school's hot water tank should be completed by early March at the cost of approximately $118,000 with weather permitting.
While replacement efforts are underway, the school's backup hot water tank is being utilized which supports the school's kitchen area and other areas. However, it can't serve the entire school continuously while the primary unit is replaced. While this has created temporary problems when water is being reheated in the backup unit, the school continues to have hot water service, according to the school division.
“Prince George County Public Schools is in constant communication with our local health partners on various topics as we work jointly to protect our school community's health. As such, the school system has discussed the primary water tank failure with the Crater Health District, and we remain in compliance with local and state health regulations.” Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Dustin Menhart stated in an email.
Menhart went on to state that “as we work through replacing the school's primary water tank, it is important to note unexpected equipment failures are an aspect of the standard operating procedures for facilities. As part of our operations and maintenance efforts, plans are put in place to address equipment failures and reduce their impact on our school community when they occur. From there, swift action is taken to repair or restore the affected equipment in a collaborative manner, including school division departments and personnel and our vendors.”