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Water restored after 2nd Arizona prison has supply issues

(Arizona Department of Corrections Photo)

YUMA, Ariz. – Full water service has been restored to the state prison in Yuma housing about 4,300 inmates after pump failures drastically reduced available water over the weekend.

The Arizona Department of Corrections said Monday morning that repairs to one of two wells where pumps failed are complete. Water service was fully restored by the afternoon.

Department spokesman Andrew Wilder says repairs on the second well’s pump could be completed Tuesday.

One well failed Saturday and then pumps on a second failed Sunday morning. Prison officials cut service to units housing about 3,300 prisoners when storage tank levels dropped. Prisoners were supplied with bottled water.

The state prison in Douglas lost water service for three days earlier this month because of problems with its county-provided supply.

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