NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Without repairs to the prison's boilers, Lawrence County prison inmates and staff could find themselves out of hot water.
The prison board authorized spending about $7,000 to repair the boilers that provide hot water to the prison.
Warden Mark Fellows said Wednesday that only two of the three boilers are working. He said the two boilers now being used need new linings so they won't leak. The third boiler needs some plumbing work done to attach it to the water system, he said.
Commissioner Brian Burick said since much of the work is still under warranty, completing the repairs soon would be in the county's best interest.
Fellows said the plumbing work on the third boiler is needed because that boiler will service the prison while the other two are out of service for the lining to be done. He explained the lining is a chemical spray liner applied to the inside of the boilers.
Fellows reported the prison population as of Wednesday at 248 inmates, including 36 women. There are 29 inmates from counties other than Lawrence housed at the prison, he said.
Burick noted most out-of-county inmates are from Mercer and Butler counties.