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Solution could be on way for Taylor County Jail inmate-caused sewage problems

Published On: Jan 14 2014 07:24:37 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 12:02:34 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

There could be a solution to the inmate-caused sewage overflow problem at the Taylor County Jail on South 25th and Oak Street.

Sheriff Ricky Bishop brought a proposal to the Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning that could eliminate solids from flowing into the sewer lines.

The county is in talks with a company called Park USA to install a mechanical bar screen, which could filter out solids more than half an inch in size. Anything smaller would be able to flow through.

According to Richard Bilbrey from the Taylor County Jail, the system should help filter 85 percent more than what is already being filtered.

As of now, there is no estimated cost of the project, but Commissioner Randy Williams said he wanted city officials to know the county is working on the solution.

"We won't sit on it. As soon as we get an idea of cost we'll start figuring out the best way to address it," Williams said.