Update: 7/2/16 – Water has been restored at the Dick Conner Correctional Center and functions are returning to normal.
Water levels in the 500,000-gallon water tower are being maintained and pressurized, allowing the facility to take the final steps to being fully operational.
Water is being used throughout the facility.
The Oklahoma National Guard will remain activated until Sunday to ensure no additional assistance is needed.
The water problems started on June 25 when a pipe broke at the Center.
(Original Story) HOMINY, Okla. – Officials say crews are diligently working to fix an ongoing waterline issue that is affecting more than 1,300 inmates at an Oklahoma correctional facility.
Around 3 p.m. on June 25th, a broken waterline at the Dick Conner Correctional Center shut down all water flow into the prison.
Officials say they quickly brought in bottles and buckets of water for the inmates.
Although water was briefly restored to the prison around 7 p.m., officials at the prison say it didn’t last.
The water flow was disrupted again.
That is when a maintenance team discovered a valve needed to be replaced.
Nearly 24 hours later, on June 26th, water was fully restored to the prison facility.
But again, officials say the water flow didn’t last.
Around 4 p.m. on June 27th, a waterline break in the City of Hominy disrupted the flow of the water to the prison.
Water flow was once again restored to the facility June 28th.
However, a few hours after water returned, water pressure at the facility dropped.
Maintenance crews determined there was not enough water pressure in the waterline to fill the prison’s water tower.
The Oklahoma National Guard and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management were called in to assist with bringing water to the facility.
“Working across agency lines is pivotal during a crisis situation,” Interim Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. “I appreciate all of the state agencies who have been assisting as well as the maintenance teams who have stepped up and been working around the clock since Saturday. We will continue working together until the situation is fully resolved.”
Today, the Oklahoma National Guard brought in seven “Hippo” tanker trucks containing 2,000 gallons of water per truck that are being used to pressurize the lines leading to the water tower in an attempt to restore facility operations.
According to a release from the prison, the facility has continued normal operating functions during the water crisis.
The Dick Conner Correctional Center currently houses 1,306 medium and minimum security inmates.