The state Capitol Complex will reopen Tuesday after being shut down for a day because of a water line break.

"The water is back on," State Capitol Preservation Board spokeswoman Allyson Gamble said late Monday afternoon. "It still is not clear what happened. They think it was a surge" in a pipe dating back to 1959.

"These are literally the old bowels that have been there since the site was put together in 1916," she said. "There's been upgrades, of course."

Gamble said there was no water damage to any buildings, including the recently renovated Capitol, after the pipe burst sometime before 12:30 a.m. Monday underneath the west side of the State Office Building.

She said the entire complex was closed Monday because of health issues.

The problem was first noticed overnight by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper, said Utah Department of Public Safety spokesman Jesse Valenzuela. The UHP provides security for the complex.

Employees received e-mails telling them to work from home while crews repaired the water line. A Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee scheduled Monday afternoon was cancelled.

No water meant there were no restrooms available for lawmakers or the public, said Sen. Pete Knudson, R-Brigham City, a committee member. "The public facilities would be kaput," he said.

The Legislature's monthly interim day is Wednesday. No changes are expected in the rest of the week's schedule, said Ric Cantrell, chief deputy of the Senate.

Many GOP lawmakers were playing golf Monday, participating in a fundraising event for the Senate Republican Caucus held at the Eaglewood Golf Course in North Salt Lake.


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