After a December 2016 commencement on campus, the Reflecting Pond – in front of the John C. Hitt Library – was drained and began evaluation for repairs.

The draining took place over the Winter break, where the pond needed 5-7 days without retaining water while workers assessed the pond to effectively determine if groundwater contamination has been developing in the water.

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During the dry period, workers repaired distribution pipes between the fountain’s sprayer and pump. At fault was a crack in one of the pipes that allowed dirt to make its way through the pumps and into the pond where a muddy discoloration grew.

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A structural engineer will examine the 225,000-gallon campus landmark and find a solution to returning the pond to like-new condition.

The structure of the pond has remained largely unchanged over the years, with the primary additions being a sprayer and light renovation in 2000 and a pump and filtration system repair and replacement that prioritizes as needed.

The soon-to-be 50-year-old Reflecting Pond is expected to return to normal operations on January 13, 2017.