According to Ruidoso News on July 9th:
A water leak at the Ruidoso High School has forced the closure of the main building and the gymnasium.
According to Maintenance Director, Lenny Allen, the leak, while not evident on the surface, is a major one.
“Due to the size of the leak, we decided to cut the water off,” Allen said. “The line is in a major line, nine feet down, and, if we cannot fix it in-house, we may have to go out to bid.”
Allen and his crew hope to run a camera through pipe to find exactly where water is leaking.
The leak may have occurred some time ago.
School officials became aware of the potential problem when they received higher than normal water bills.
“That’s usually how we find out about something like this,” Allen said.
The leak in the 30 year old concrete-based line is not a surprise for Allen.
“The school was built on a swamp,” Allen said. “The soil underneath is soft already and with the rains we’ve had, the ground becomes saturated and moves.”
Water to the auxiliary gym was not affected and the scheduled sports camps will take place.
The paving project taking place in the parking lot also will not be affected.
The bridge tournament, scheduled for this weekend, however, is being moved to the Ruidoso Middle School.
Safety in locating and fixing the leak is the first priority for Allen and his crew.
“We’ll have to dig twice the width of the pipe once we go down that far,” Allen said. “We really don’t know what we’ll find down there.”
As bad as the leak appears to be, Allen is glad it happened when it did.
“It would have been bad if school was in session,” Allen said. “At least now we have some time. I just want to make sure we do this right.“