Forrest County Jail’s plumbing issue is resolved


Update 8:30 PM: Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims reports that the prison plumbing problem has been resolved.

“Water and sanitation conditions are currently being fully restored,” he said.

Original story:

Relatives of people held in the Forrest County Jail say inmates have been without water for more than a day.

“The inmates are not locked up, but it took them 24 hours to hand out two water bottles per inmate and they still don’t have running water for showers or toilets,” Ravyn Mittelstaedt told the police in an email on Friday. Hattiesburg American.

Others with loved ones incarcerated contacted the news organization with similar complaints, but refused to speak to the official newspaper. The Hattiesburg American does not cite anonymous sources except on rare occasions.

Sheriff Charlie Sims said the sheriff’s department has been working since Thursday afternoon to fix the problem, which appears to be a blockage in one of the water pipes, he said Friday.

“In the meantime, we’ve bought bottled water and brought portalets so the inmates can use the bathroom and get water,” Sims said.

The sheriff said some lines were backwards, so a plumber was called in. He said they were swinging the lines and encountered a blockage so they had to bring in a bigger truck.

“We’ve got an even bigger truckload of cameras they’ve put through the line, but we’re still cleaning it up,” Sims said. “We still don’t know exactly what caused the blockage or something else, but we are working hard on it.

“Those guys are working as hard as they can to get it clean and get our water back.”

Mittelstaedt said she was concerned after learning about the lack of water and called the jail on Thursday to confirm the situation.

“Booking said they had no water and they were trying to fix it,” she said. “I said, but they haven’t had water since 11. Can you give them some water? They said we’re working on it.’

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