Raw sewage starting running from a drinking fountain at the State Office of Education/Rehabilitation Services Building, 250 E. Fifth South, Friday afternoon, the result of a clogged line.
Sewage water backed into the fountain from a clogged drain, said Lee Peterson, property manager for Boyer Co., which owns the building. The building's culinary water supply, aside from the contaminated fountain, was not thought to be in danger, he said, but water was being tested as a safety precaution.Several hundred employees of the education and rehabilitation offices were warned not to drink water from any of the building's fountains while the problem was investigated. No one was evacuated, although the smell of methane gas was reported to be very strong.
A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said methane levels were not considered dangerous, and the agency did not advise school officials to evacuate the building.
Plumbing in a men's restroom caused the problem, Peterson said. The contaminated fountain was on the main level of the building.