USA, Connecticut: A recent power outage at Monroe Elementary School has caused $50,000 worth of work in order to keep the school safe.
According to Jack Zamary, director of technology and operations for Monroe Public Schools, the transformer is underground in a concrete chamber that also houses the school’s electrical transformers. In addition, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) no longer installs transformers in vaults because of the danger of sending workers into them in close quarters.
He said the solution to the problem is to move the school’s transformers above ground. The current site of the transformers, however, is dangerous as concrete at the top of the vault is peeling and has been peppering the transformers beneath it. In addition, much of the rebar is either exposed or has fallen down altogether onto the transformers, creating hazardous conditions, given that it is made of steel and conducts electricity.
The discovery of an old water tank in close proximity to the faulty transformer, however, made things more complicated. Officials learned that when the well related to the tank was decommissioned in 1971, water from the tank was never removed, meaning it had been pressurising ever since, creating a hazardous situation. The water tank has since been removed and pea stone has been put in its place as a means of keeping the oil tank next to it intact.
The district is currently in the process of obtaining some of the permits to start the repairs project.
Source: Monroe Courier