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Workers attempt to fix a broken watermain Thursday at Westville Correctional Facility.

WESTVILLE — Westville Correctional Facility canceled visitation Friday because of multiple water main breaks, officials said.

The breaks were discovered Thursday morning and by 2 p.m. disrupted the water supply for all 3,000 inmates and staff, a news release said.

The facility brought in bottled water immediately after the breaks were discovered along with a large tank of non-potable water used to flush toilets. Twenty portable toilets also were brought in, the release said.

The use of showers has been suspended. The breaks had not affected food service as of Thursday night, officials said.

One of the breaks was repaired Thursday.

Superintendent Mark Sevier said the facility has coped with water main breaks before and will do so again.

Facility spokesman John Schrader said the prison was built in the early 1950s and nearly all of the plumbing and mechanical systems are wearing out about the same time.

A boil order was issued, and inmates also were told not to use any water from the pipes until advised that it is safe, officials said.

Officials hope to complete repairs before freezing temperatures return this weekend, but an exact timeline will not be known until crews dig down and locate the breaks.


Public Safety Reporter

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