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Jul 30, 2013 6:25 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Kenedy Water Shortage Impacts Prison Conditions

KENEDY - A water supply shortage in Kenedy has led to some pretty bad conditions in the State prison nearby.

Two of the towns five wells failed early last week. So, the City had to use water from the prison.

That meant inmates didn't shower for a week, the toilets were only flushed every so often, and drinking water for inmates was also rationed.

The mother of one of those inmates, Dianne Wright, contacted us and showed us a letter she got from her son detailing the situation.

"You know, they're criminals, yes, but they still have to be treated like human beings," she says.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice confirmed the bad conditions, but added that most of their water was restored this week, with the exception of the drinking water, they still have to bring that in.

The City says they fixed both wells this week, but can't use them until the water quality passes State inspection.

They say the whole problem should be fixed in the next day or two.

Citizens in Kenedy were asked to conserve water, but service was never interrupted.

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