CHAPEL HILL -- Students at the elementary school here ate their hot lunches from paper plates Thursday because a pump failed and school officials were conserving septic tank capacity.
Failure of the sewage pump at Chapel Hill Elementary School was temporarily resolved by having the school's septic tank pumped out, Marshall County Schools Director Roy Dukes explained.
"We have a truck on stand-by," Dukes said by mobile phone from the school. "We can use the restrooms at the normal rate."
That prevented temporary closure of the school led by Principal Dean Delk, a county commissioner who was at a conference Thursday learning about a federally funded school program.
"We're going to be alright," Dukes said.
Chapel Hill sewers collect wastewater from buildings' septic tanks that are equipped with pumps to send the effluent toward the town's lagoon. Without a working pump, the volume in the school's tank was approaching capacity before it was pumped out.