Potty problem at Aspen Elementary School
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A back-up of raw sewage closed eight of 20 restrooms at the Aspen Elementary School on Wednesday.
Despite the shortage, students and teachers managed with the 12 open restrooms, according to Assistant Superintendent John Maloy.
The challenges, he said, were figuring out which restrooms to close and communicating that information to students.
“You didn’t know until you flushed a toilet in a given area and then it would back up,” he explained.
By 4:30 p.m., plumbers had not been able to clear the line with the blockage, according to Maloy. However, the Colorado Department of Health told Maloy that the school did not need to be closed Thursday, even if the line could not be cleared.
Maloy initially had been concerned that the health code might require some number of open restrooms per child. But the code does not specify restrooms per child. Instead, it requires that restrooms be located no more than 200 feet from any one classroom.
On Wednesday, no classroom was more than 190 feet from an open restroom, Maloy said.
Meanwhile, plumbers were planning to work into the night with a larger snake to work on clearing the line.
“We’re very optimistic that by bringing in bigger guns ” snakes in this case ” we’re going to get it cleaned,” he said.
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