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Crews rush to restore water at prison housing 2,000 inmates

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 20:43:09-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Crews are rushing to restore water at a southeastern Arizona prison where inmates had to use bottled water and portable toilets over the weekend.

A Cochise County spokeswoman said Monday that crews dug a deeper well and are now trying to figure out why the water still is not reaching the prison in Douglas, a few miles north of Arizona's border with Mexico.

Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder says water pressure dropped on Friday.

Wilder says a temporary fix is providing water to two units that house a majority of the prison's 2,000 inmates. He says the prison has thousands of water bottles on hand along with portable sinks and toilets. He says meal service has not been interrupted, and water has been trucked in for evaporative coolers.