This week our building had an issue with the hot water heater with the wiring burning up, or something along these lines, and the hot water tank was replaced. I was told that the old tank was a 50 gallon tank and the new tank they installed was only a 6 gallon tank? Apparently this tank services about 15 sinks. The problem we are having now is the hot water from this 6 gallon tank only lasts for a short time and the rest of the employees that are working later are stuck with cold water to wash up. I'm usually one of the last maybe 10% of the employees to leave and sure enough going to the bathroom to cleanup today, there was no hot water. From talking with a plant engineering guy he said that the tank is definately way too small but that the plan is to keep the 6 gallon one, most likely as a way to save money but I dunno. If the company is not breaking a law or agreement then we would have to tell employees that leave earlier to minimize their hot water usage so employees leaving later could have some too. Myself and everyone else around here know that employees are not gonna obey that request though. Another employee mentioned that ambient temperature for a different building was being kept around 40 deg F. but that the temperature is suppose to be closer to 55. I don't mind the company trying to cut back here or there to get itself through tougher times but if its breaking the law or agreement then thats a different story. Not long ago they removed the paper towel dispenser out of the mens room and moved it to the cafeteria and its not that big of deal but I just don't want them to be given an inch and they take a mile. Does anoyone have any idea what the laws or agreements are concerning running hot water and ambient temperature? Are they providing only a small amount of hot water so that they can say that something is being provided or do they have to provide enough for all the employees? I work in Massachusetts if that matters.