DOUGLAS — Cochise County is continuing to work on resolving a water supply issue to the state prison complex in Douglas.

Following a water outage late Friday afternoon, county crews immediately responded to get the supply back online. The county provides water to the prison via a well located at the adjacent Bisbee Douglas International Airport, stated Amanda Bailllie, county public information officer.

Water flow was initially restored on Saturday when county facilities staff dug the well deeper and coordinated with KE&G Construction to facilitate a temporary solution. However, the system showed signs of a leak and had to be shut down. Crews are currently working to repair it.

The county is also working to bring a second, new well online and is coordinating with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to expedite that process. ADEQ must test the water supply over a 24-hour period before approving the new well.

The county’s Office of Emergency Services has been coordinating efforts to supply the prison state complex with temporary water supplies, to include bottled water, water tanks and tenders. Arizona Department of Corrections has also activated contingency measures to ensure inmates, visitors and staff have water for drinking and sanitation.

“Our efforts are focused entirely on restoring normal water services to the prison complex, as well as helping the Douglas prison community with emergency water supplies to maintain a safe and sanitary environment,” said County Administrator Ed Gilligan. “We are grateful to both the local and state agencies, as well as private organizations, who have stepped up to help us resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”

An update will be provided when the situation has been resolved.

Submitted by county public information officer Amanda Baillie

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