Kan. juvenile facility limits toilet flushing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Sedgwick County inmates are undergoing more restroom rationing, but this time it's in a bid to conserve water.

Inmates at the Sedgwick County Jail have been allowed one roll of toilet paper a week since June. Now, the Sedgwick County juvenile detention facility is limiting inmates to three flushes an hour.

The Wichita Eagle reports county officials said Tuesday a water use audit shows the jail was responsible for 55 percent of the county's water usage, while the juvenile facility accounted for only 4 percent.

The juvenile facility limits flushing to three times an hour thanks to a plumbing sensor, which can be overridden in case of illness. The jail doesn't have the plumbing sensors, but county officials say they may consider installing plumbing controls at the jail.

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