For the past few days, the men incarcerated at the Kingman Arizona State Prison Complex have had only half the amount they normally do, the state department of corrections said Tuesday (7/16). The timeline for a resolution to the problem remains unclear, given the conflicting explanations of the situation by Mohave County officials, GEO Group (Prison Operator), and state corrections officials. Although they all agree that the failure stems from a Mohave County well that was taken off line for repairs.
Water supply for the Kingman Prison Complex has been restricted since July 11th 2019. Mohave County had notified the Prison that they had to temporarily limit the water supply. Andrew Wilder a spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Corrections stated Full water service should be restored on Friday July 19th. Although yet again this statement contradicted a claim made by Mohave County which stated that Full Water service has already been restored.
Laundry and showers are on “Modified Schedules”. The Prison is keeping bottled water and portable toilets just in case. Wilder also added that “Contingency plans are in place should there be any more disruption in water service. Wilder did state that drinking water, sinks, and toilets have not been restricted or impacted in any way.
This issue at the State Prison Complex in Kingman add to a growing list of recent mismanagement and problems with the State Prison System. Such as the Douglas Water shortage, Severe examples of medical neglect and exposure of long running problem with broken locks that then lead to inmate and officer fatalities. Governor Doug Ducey has stated that “his expectations for the ADOC Director are not being met”. When is enough truly enough? These issues need to be addressed.