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Lowell Elementary School sewer system failure quickly repaired

Lowell Elementary School
Posted at 10:17 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 16:25:59-04

MISSOULA — Just as the school day started at Missoula’s Lowell Elementary School Wednesday morning, an alarm alerted the staff that a sewer system had failed.

Principal Barbara Frank says the pumps that move sewage from the school to the city sewage system stopped working. The restrooms were immediately shut down and plumbers got to work on the pumps, completing the fix by early afternoon.

Frank says the staff did an amazing job jumping into action, directing students to outdoor restroom facilities while pumps were being fixed.

“So those were delivered right away once we knew the sewer went down, we ordered those port-a-potties, and they came right out. We had four in the front, and four in the back, and it really went pretty seamlessly,” Frank said.

Lowell School went through an extensive remodel that included an entirely new addition with the newly-renovated facility opening in the fall of 2017.