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Pennsylvania inmates using portable toilets, trucked water after leak drains 3 million gallons

Inmates and staff at a northwestern Pennsylvania prison are using portable toilets and trucked in water after a leak drained the facility of more than 3 million gallons.

Water supplies to the State Correctional Institution at Albion have been cut off since a leak was discovered Sunday in a valve on the prison's water tower.

Repairs didn't start until Wednesday due to falling snow and ice.

Officials have declared a state of emergency. Inmate visits and transfers have been suspended.

The prison has brought in 120 portable toilets and several water trucks for bathing. They're also providing bottled drinking water.

Officials didn't have a timeframe for when the water system would be fixed.

Albion is a medium-security facility housing about 2,200 inmates. It's about 25 miles south of Erie.