Historically Black Morris Brown College is back in business after paying $100,000 toward the water bill it owes to the city of Atlanta.
The 127-year-old campus had asked the court to order the city to turn its water back on, saying that it would never be able to meet its financial obligations with its doors closed.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk ruled that the college had one more chance to deal with the $380,000 bill it owed the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, some of which dated back four years. The agency cut the water off on Dec. 12, shortly after the school's holiday break, because it had reneged on its payment plan.
Newkirk ordered the service restored if Morris Brown paid $100,000 by the end of the day. He ordered school officials to make another payment of $214,000 by Feb. 14.
"It's about the life of a college that's been here for 127-plus years," said Morris Brown Stanley Pritchett said. "Even in the face of adversity, we will rise above." Pritchett said his institution has raised $115,000 over the past week.