TUCKER, Ark. – Two Arkansas prisons are under a Boil Water Order until further notice.
“It makes you feel like s—, man,” says a Tucker maximum security prisoner.
The inmate, who asked we hide his identity, says the water inside the unit is not drinkable.
Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) Spokesperson Solomon Graves confirmed Tuesday the Tucker Unit and the Tucker Maximum Security Unit are both under boil orders.
“They put the memo out saying they would bring us water, but whenever they bring us water, it’s every five or six hours and they’ll bring you one little cup,” says the inmate.
Graves says a power failure in the well pumping systems are to blame.
The inmate provided a photo of the memo which is dated for Sunday, September 16.
The memo is from a Deputy Warden which says there is a boil order and “…we will continue to supply fresh water to you as you need it to drink and turn on the showers and toilets as soon as we can”.
“When the water went off, we got up the next morning and nobody said nothing. They turned it on for about ten minutes and we got to flush the toilets,” says the prisoner.
After two days, the inmate says some of the water is starting to clear, but it’s still too dark to drink right now.
Graves says both units have portable water available to inmates and staff. ADC is utilizing a 5,000 gallon water tank from the Arkansas National Guard.
The inmate claims the water is still only being turned on twice a day, which allows inmates to flush their toilets.
“So, if you took a crap this morning then you just sit in a cell, a 10×8 cell with crap all day,” says the inmate.
Graves says a contractor was brought in Tuesday morning to check the water line for leaks.
Graves says if no leaks are found, normal service should be restored to both units.