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      Water failure sends non-essential workers home

      Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany officials are currently dealing with a drop in water pressure due to a water leak. / File

      Third Update (4:55 PM)
      MCLB officials issued the following update in regards to the Thursday morning water leak:

      MCLB Albany recently experienced a catastrophic failure in regard to its water distribution system. A water main ruptured at approximately 3 a.m. this morning, draining the entire base's water distribution and storage system.

      MCLB Albany's Installation and Environment Division wasn't able to locate the leak until 9:30 a.m. due to its location in a secluded area away from the installation's main infrastructure. Normally an automatic system restores water and pressure; however, it was unable to do so due to the size of the rupture and rate at which water was being lost. I &E crewmen were able to secure the affected part of the system and restored pressure within two hours of sealing off the affected portion of the system.

      Labor and lost production costs have not yet been fully calculated however, the cost of the rupture is believed to be significant. With the loss of a full work day of thousands of employees who had to leave the base, including civilian workers of the base command, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Depot Maintenance Command.

      Without water for chillers, restrooms, firefighting capability, boiler support, etc., a majority of personnel aboard the base were placed on administrative leave.

      While nearly $10 million was invested several years ago to update a portion of the distribution system, the installation command has planned a three-phase project to replace the rest of the system.

      The command is still investigating the cause of this specific leak and will provide up-to-date information to the public as well as its workforce as to the causes and preventative measures that will take place in the future.


      Second Update (2:10 PM)
      MCLB Albany officials say that Albany's Installation and Environment Division has been contained and the base will be fully operational Friday. A cause for the leak has not been determined as of yet.

      First Update (9:55 AM) :
      MCLB Albany officials say that Albany's Installation and Environment Division has located and isolated the water leak. Normal water pressure should resume in four hours if there are no further issues.
      Base officials will communicate up-to-date information with their employees, especially as it pertains to tomorrow's activities.

      Initial Story:
      The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany released a statement Thursday morning:

      MCLB Albany is currently experiencing a sudden drop in water pressure. As a result the base, as well as its largest tenant command, Marine Corps Logistics Command, is releasing its non-essential employees on administrative leave. MCLB Albany's Installation and Environment Division is working to repair the issue. Base officials will communicate up-to-date information with their employees, especially as it pertains to tomorrow's activities. All individuals who have base access are reminded that the Child Development Center, Naval Branch Health Clinic, and all food services will be closed on the installation. The Marine Corps Exchange will stay open to provide services for those currently living in base housing and other patrons who have access to the installation. We are currently assessing the issue and working toward repairs. Providing timely and accurate information to our workforce remains a priority.

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