PUEBLO, Colo. – A water main break at the Pueblo County Jail on Tuesday afternoon left the facility’s dormitory and kitchen temporarily without water service.
A rupture in a 4-inch underground pipe was discovered around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Pueblo County facility staff responded and notified Pueblo Water staff who shut off the main water line.
Measures are in place to provide sanitary facilities and drinking water to the approximately 250 inmates and several staff affected by the break until the line is repaired.
“Although this rupture has affected the water service of part of the installation, we continue to
meet the needs and maintain the health and safety of inmates and our employees,” said
Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.
Prison kitchen staff have implemented their contingency plan and will continue to provide uninterrupted meal service to inmates.
The cause of the rupture is unknown.
Contractors began repairs to the broken line. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) does not know how long repairs may take.
The breach does not affect the five-story tower portion of the prison, the PCSO says.