Col. Zadok Magruder High School Credit: via MCPS

For the second time in a month, Col. Zadok Magruder High School was closed on Tuesday due to water problems.

Around 10 a.m., Montgomery County Public Schools announced via social media and an email to families that the Rockville school would close at 10:19 a.m. “due to a water main break that has left the building without water.”

All after-school activities were canceled, according to the message, signed by Magruder Principal Leroy Evans.

Evans announced the water problem to families in a separate message at about 8:30 a.m. He wrote that the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission told school officials “this is a wide-spread situation and they are currently evaluating the problem.”

WSSC Water spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said a 12-inch water main break near the school is affecting seven other properties.

The break happened overnight, Riggins said, and it is unclear when the main will be fixed.


On Nov. 13, the school was closed due to plumbing problems.
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