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OSR experiencing water outage; inmates, staff have drinking water

Monday, June 11, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections maintenance crews are working to locate and repair the cause of a water outage that began Sunday night at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

The 108-year-old facility’s water tower was discovered empty Sunday after a large water line break was repaired south of the facility on Saturday. As the tower’s water level dropped, so did water pressure inside the prison, causing every toilet to flush until the tower was empty. 

OSR’s 1,028 inmates have had access to drinking water through two 1,000-gallon water buffaloes facility staff have provided. No issues are anticipated with drinking water for inmates or facility operations. Other resources are nearby in the area should the water issues worsen.Staff who live on the facility’s grounds also have no running water.

Crews worked overnight Sunday to determine the cause of the problem. Work was continuing throughout the morning Monday.

ODOC will keep inmates’ families and the public updated as more information is available.

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