Monday, September 13, 2010

KSC: Water's fine after pipe repair

Kennedy Space Center has fully recovered from the water main break that briefly closed the center last week.

An advisory distributed today says bacteria tests have determined it's safe for employees to drink the water from all facilities, including some Launch Complex 39 area offices that were most directly affected by the break.

Crews finished replacing a section of two-foot diameter pipe on Friday, two days after the pipe broke near the Vehicle Assembly Building and turn basin.

The center closed for Wednesday's first shift when water pressure was lost at several facilities, limiting fire suppression reserves and making water undrinkable pending tests.

The issue delayed for a day Discovery's rollover from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building, where it was connected to an external tank and solid rocket boosters over the weekend, and also closed the KSC Visitor Complex on Wednesday.

The assembled shuttle stack is scheduled to start rolling out to launch pad 39A next Monday at 8 p.m.

IMAGE: On Sept. 10, In the Launch Complex-39 Turn Basin area, across from the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers maneuver the replacement section of a 24-inch cast iron water main pipe off of a transport truck. Kennedy was closed to non-essential personnel the morning of Sept. 8 while crews assessed the water main break and restored water to the center. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller

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