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Bell County Jail experiencing a water shortage

Officials: Bottled water, portable toilets brought in for inmates, staff
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Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 20:36:20-05

BELTON, TX — The Bell County Jail is currently experiencing a water shortage.

According to Paul Romer, the Public Information Officer for the City of Belton, the jail is experiencing low water pressure. The pressure is not sufficient enough for the jail to run their boilers.

The City is working to determine the cause of the low pressure. Romer said crews have been working for 36 hours to identify the problem.

Lieutenant Bob Reinhard, Public Information Officer for the Bell County Sheriff's Department, told 25 News he was notified of the issue around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17.

The lieutenant said five people have been tasked with constantly bringing water bottles to the jail. At this time, there are 15,000 bottles of water at the jail for both staff and inmates.

Lt. Reinhard also said portable toilets have been brought on sight for inmates and staff.

Romer said a timetable for a repair is unknown at this time. He is encouraging all Belton residents to conserve water where they can.