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Another leak leaves the Nebraska State Penitentiary without running water for hours

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Inmates at the Nebraska State Prison were left without running water for hours, officials say.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Wednesday evening there was a major water leak at the prison.

The leak shut off the water supply to the entire facility, spokeswoman Dayne Urbanovsky said.

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Bottled water was brought to inmates, she said, and portable toilets were placed on the prison grounds.

The leak was repaired and the water was turned back on Thursday afternoon, the department said.

Urbanovsky said the correctional facility is an aging facility and “water is an ongoing issue that we are dealing with.”

ALSO SEE: Water leak closes housing unit at Nebraska State Prison

The prison’s water problems began in 2021, when a leak led to the water being shut off for a day.

Another leak in 2022 flooded a mechanical room and left behind half a meter of mud.

The state plans to replace the prison with a new facility at 70th and McKelvie streets, just north of Interstate 80.

Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed in 2027.

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