TOPEKA (KSNT) – At 8:48 a.m. Thursday morning a large water main break on the South side of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections property interrupted water and sewer service to the Adult Detention and Juvenile Detention facilities. The main break also resulted in a temporary loss of power to the facilities.
According to a release the facilities have all gone into lock down, and the department was in Incident Command status until service was restored early Thursday evening.
Public Works had advised department officials that water and sewer services would not be restored for a minimum of six hours. Drinking water was not available to staff or inmates. In addition, the water pressure eventually became insufficient to allow for the several hundred toilets in the facility to flush.
Department officials coordinated with Shawnee County Emergency Management to identify and obtain alternative resources to allow for the adult inmates and juvenile residents and staff to have access to toilet facilities. The department’s contracted food service provider Aramark is arranging for safe drinking water to provide to inmates and juveniles, until water service is restored.
Emergency Management has arranged for staff were provided with water from disaster relief services in the interim