YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — At least it’s not the dead of winter.

There will be neither hot water nor heat this weekend in several residential buildings and businesses on Yokota’s east side. Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron is shutting down both utilities to 18 garden units, eight tower apartments and 20 other facilities.

The outage is needed to make urgent repairs to a leaking high-pressure steam line on Sijan Drive, an outer loop that stretches from the hospital to the East Gate, base officials said Wednesday.

A construction project is under way in the area, but the heat and hot water should be restored by 8 a.m. Monday.

“This will not affect cold water or drinking water,” said Maj. David Westover, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman.

“We’re sorry for the inconvenience. This … is necessary to make emergency repairs to the high-pressure steam line that provides heat to the affected buildings.”

They include towers 1561, 1562, 1563, 4300, 4301, 4302, 4304 and 4305. Garden apartments affected are Nos. 4414, 4418, 4420, 4424, 4432, 4421, 4423, 4427, 4718, 4715, 4721, 4731, 4735, 4910, 4923, 4927, 4930 and 4910.

The dental clinic, maintenance group hangars, Youth Center, Child Development Center, Teen Center, chapel, Yokota East Elementary School, shoppette, base theater, fire station, natatorium, hospital and U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia building are among the facilities that will go without hot water and heat this weekend.

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