$4 fix saves jail from flushing away thousands

February 10, 2009 5:26:28 AM PST
A $4 fix may end up helping a county jail in central Pennsylvania from flushing away thousands of dollars in fines. Municipal officials in Sunbury had warned Northumberland County of fines of up to $25,000 a day if the county didn't stop the flow of jail debris that's been clogging up a sewer station.

County officials say items like candy wrappers, plastic utensils, food containers and even blankets were being flushed down the toilets.

Warden Ralph Reish says a homemade trap costing less than $4 may solve the problem.

He says the trap was installed in one cell without the inmates' knowledge. The toilet backed up once the debris could no longer empty into the sewer system.

The warden now plans to install the trap device on all 80 jail toilets.

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Information from: The Daily Item, http://www.dailyitem.com

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