PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee corrections officials are blaming drought conditions for a change at a state prison in Bledsoe County that inmates say has brought discolored and stinky water to the facility.
Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Neysa Taylor tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that a conservation order by the Pikeville water utility in July led to water being piped to the prison through a line from the a nearby treatment plant that hadn’t been used in years.
Taylor says the water does not present a health problem, but inmates have complained that their clothing has been stained brown. Prisoners with sleep apnea have been supplied with distilled water.
When the Southeastern Tennessee State Regional Correctional Facility was opened next door in 2013, both the new and older facility started receiving Pikeville water.