Weekend visitation cancelled for Oklahoma correctional center following water pump failure


Update: Water service has been restored to the Lexington Correctional Center and Joseph Harp Correctional Center as of 2 a.m. Sunday.

LEXINGTON, Okla. – Authorities say an Oklahoma correctional center is without running water, while another center is rationing its supply.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, three of six water pumps that supply water to the Lexington Correctional Center and the Joseph Harp Correctional Center have failed.

Since the pumps failed, the Lexington Correctional Center has been without water.

Water from the three working pumps is being diverted to Harp.

However, officials at that facility say they are rationing water at this time.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has brought in a tanker truck of water to cook meals and use for toilets.

Bottled water has also been brought to the facility for inmates to drink.

Officials say inmates received breakfast, a sack lunch and they are currently working on an evening meal.

Howard Drilling Company is en-route to replace the failed pumps.

“It is all-hands-on-deck as crews work diligently to repair the pumps,” Allbaugh said. “Everyone is doing everything in their capacity to ensure water is restored as quickly as possible.

“Like we saw at Dick Conner Correctional earlier this summer, it is an unfortunate situation, but we ask for family and friends of inmates to remain patient and realize this is causing a hardship on staff and inmates alike.”

Weekend visitation at Lexington Correctional Center has been cancelled. Authorities say they hope to have water fully restored by Saturday night or early Sunday morning.