Building left with no water
The 7800 York Road Building had its water cut off for hours on Oct. 30 when a Baltimore County sanitary line backed up.
Around 3 p.m., maintenance employees noticed that the sanitary line in the basement of the building had burst and was leaking raw sewage. The staff then immediately cut all the building’s water lines.
“The first response was to secure the building,” Director of Operations and Maintenance for Facilities Management Kevin Petersen said.
Petersen said that all staff was informed of the situation. Water bottles and hand sanitizer were available for all students, faculty and staff. The management even called a company to provide portable toilets and had them placed outside the building in the staff parking lot.
Rene-Gerardo Florendo, the Maintenance Manager for Facilities Management, was the on-site coordinator at the time.
Florendo said management called Baltimore County and asked them to fix the line. Towson’s Environmental Health Department was also asked to assist.
Signs were placed on all the bathrooms and that staff stood outside of them to direct students to the portable toilets outside, Florendo said.
Management also informed Bill Bateman’s, a restaurant attached to the building, of the incident and advised them to use the portable toilets.
“[Bill Bateman’s] worked really well with us throughout the whole thing,” Florendo said.
The line was cleared around 5 p.m. and water was restored shortly after. But the cleanup for the sewage in the buildings basement lasted until 8 p.m., according to Florendo.
“There was a lot to clean up,” Florendo said.
Petersen complimented Florendo and his staff for quickly handling the incident without any problems.
“If they hadn’t been as fast as they were, we would have been in trouble,” Petersen said.