Water Supply To Century Prison Has Failed; Emergency Measures Taken

May 8, 2020

The Town of Century water well serving Century Correctional Institution has failed, and emergency measures have been implemented to supply water to the prison.

The well failed on Thursday and water in the town’s elevated tank located at the prison continued a supply of water until Friday.

Friday afternoon, an emergency interconnect using two, two-inch fire hoses was made from Central Water Works fire hydrants on the south side of Tedder Road to the Town of Century’s fire hydrants on the north side of the road. That, according to Century Interim City Manager Vernon Prather is supplying adequate water to the prison.

Florida Sen. Doug Broxson told NorthEscambia.com that the Department of Corrections is providing bottled water to inmates and a supply of potable water; he said there is currently no human consumption of the water from the temporary emergency supply.

Construction on a permanent solution to the water crisis will begin next week. Tedder Road will be closed from Highway 29 to the prison due to the fire hoses across the road and the construction process.

The Town of Century’s well at the prison did not supply water to the town and the downtime will have no impact on local residents, Prather said. Likewise, Central Water Water Works officials said they have the capacity to supply the prison, and their customers should see no impacts.

Central Water Works was founded in 1965 and provides water for about 1,000 members in Byrneville, McDavid and outside the municipal service areas of Century and Flomaton.

NorthEscambia.com will have ongoing coverage and  more information.

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10 Responses to “Water Supply To Century Prison Has Failed; Emergency Measures Taken”

  1. John on May 9th, 2020 8:38 pm

    That sound mighty races Judy.

  2. tg on May 9th, 2020 11:01 am

    When Century no longer exists news will stop about it.

  3. Rasheed Jackson on May 9th, 2020 10:17 am

    Yeah, now that racist Central Water Works Company is going to supply water to the state. Yep when they heard the town of Century needed their services, they jumped in their water repair trucks and RACED to their aid. Just like they do when their customers lose water they RACE to the problem in their fix and repair mode, like a fine-tuned pit crew.
    Proud to be a customer of Central Water Works. And they always got candy for the kids at the window.

  4. judy on May 9th, 2020 9:54 am

    Century has been disaster after disaster for as long as I can remember, and I am very old! WHY has the state not stepped in and put an end to the corruption going on? I call reverse racism…the only reason they are getting away with it is that most of the people are black and support the crooked so-called “leaders”. Now inmates are at the mercy of a failed system, and the state will be out millions of dollars cleaning up Century’s mess! UH-gain…

  5. Oversight on May 9th, 2020 9:36 am

    Metered connection? Central Water Works and its members better be paid for every single gallon of water provided to the town.

  6. sam on May 9th, 2020 7:57 am

    and how do you uplift the dysfunctional management of a small town city government that can’t walk and chew gum at the same time? clean house.

  7. Chris on May 8th, 2020 11:57 pm

    Infrastructure failure. Loss of revenue. Just another day in Century. I’m sure race had something to do with it, just ask the town council.

  8. Jerry on May 8th, 2020 11:00 pm

    Century can’t even make running water . Is Century the new Venezuela?

  9. Mr. Nobody on May 8th, 2020 10:24 pm

    Looks like the town of century has failed once again. Now they are going to lose their largest consumer of water. Wonder if Mr. Smith will turn this into a racism issue too

  10. Not A Smith Fan on May 8th, 2020 7:17 pm

    You realize you are not suppose to report this unless it uplifts the town of Century. Councilman Jamie Smith is going to call you a racists again

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