Computer system failure causes water outage in Carlisle

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CARLISLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A computer system failure at the Carlisle water plant left the town, including the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, without water Sunday.

According to Joe Coffman, Carlisle water superintendent, the computer system that controls the water plant shut down for an unknown reason. Compounding the issue, alarms did not immediately activate due to the phone lines being torn down possibly by heavy farm equipment, he noted.

The issue caused two temporary water outages at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, according to public information officer Teresa Littlejohn. The first one occurred around 10 a.m. and lasted approximately 3 hours, and a second outage later that night lasted around 1 hour.

The town is currently under a boil advisory that will most likely be lifted tomorrow afternoon, Coffman said.

In the meantime, inmates at the correctional facility are being provided bottled water, according to Littlejohn. Water can still be used for showering and bathroom use.

Soon-to-be made upgrades to the water plant should prevent future issues, Coffman said. The town is currently in the design and planning stage of upgrading the facility, with work expected to begin in October.

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