Saying he weighs “a trim 250 pounds,” the guy in the gray uniform is red-faced and sweating profusely. He has just come from work at the Connally state prison, which made headlines a few weeks ago after two wells went out of service and left the prison without running water for several days.
The prison about 110 miles south of Austin was without water for a time last summer, too, after a truck hit a power pole supplying electricity to a key pump. Service was off and on for several weeks.
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