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A Leak in Dupre

By Anthony Caporale

Dupre was the site of a pipe leak on Feb. 21, only five days after an unrelated water main break in Latrobe. (Source: Caporale)

On Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m., Fr. Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., was in the monastery when he received a phone call, alerting him to a pipe leak in Dupre.

Antonacci, assistant professor of physics, said he was told there had been a water leak earlier that morning “from a pipe feeding the fire suppression system in the west wing of Dupre.”

Although the severity of the leak is unknown, the incident affected multiple professors and students, threatening to halt in-person classes for the rest of the week.

“I was unable to teach in W106,” Antonacci said, revealing possible damages caused by the leak to the surrounding classrooms.

W106, Antonacci’s classroom that was affected by the pipe leak of Feb. 21. (Source: Caporale)

Antonacci explained that he could not return his classroom “until the rooms were fully dried out and cleaned.”

In W106, the cleanup lasted for the next three school days. Finally, on Thursday, Feb. 25, Antonacci was able to resume his usual classroom and teaching schedule.

The Dupre pipe leak was the second water-related incident in the month of February. The Review previously reported the outcome of a waterline disruption on Feb. 16, which affected SVC’s water pressure and quality during the following days, resulting in dirty water from sinks. It was not until Feb. 20 that SVC’s water returned to normal, one day before Antonacci received a phone call about the water leak in Dupre.


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