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Students stampede showers as hot water returns to USF St. Petersburg dorm

ST. PETERSBURG — It's safe to go into the shower again at a University of South Florida St. Petersburg dorm.

A day after university officials said that a vendor mixup slowed the arrival of a mechanical part over the weekend, students were again able to bathe and wash their clothes in hot water.

"The hot water circulation pump arrived at USF St. Petersburg this morning. It was installed. Hot water service has been restored to Residence Hall One," university spokeswoman Melanie Marquez said in a statement.

The pump at the 95-unit Residence Hall One, 500 Second St. S, had broken down last Tuesday, was quickly repaired and then broke down again completely, officials said.

The part was ordered Thursday, but its arrival was delayed, school officials said.

About 363 students and staff members who live in the building were left without hot water during the chilly weekend. By noon Tuesday, students were racing to their dorms to try out the new hot water.

"It's pretty great," said Sarah Breheny, a 22-year-old junior studying environmental science. "All my roommates ran upstairs to take a shower. It was a big celebration."

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