Normal water service has been restored to a prison where inmates had to use bottled water and portable toilets for several days after a well ran dry, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Department spokesman Andrew Wilder says Cochise County crews on Monday completed repairs that restored service to the Douglas prison complex.
The complex houses approximately 2,000 inmates.
Cochise County crews over the weekend dug a well to serve the prison in Douglas and an adjacent airport. They sought Monday to figure out why water still wasn’t reaching the prison, said Amanda Baillie, a spokeswoman for the county.
Water pressure dropped on Friday, and water was completely shut off for a time over the weekend so crews could work on a fix, said Wilder.
Officials thought water was restored on Sunday, but pressure again dropped. A temporary fix was providing water to two units that house a majority of the 2,000 inmates at the prison, a few miles north of the Mexican border.