Water heater problems at regional jail addressed

By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Alcorn County supervisors will send a letter to the company that manufactured the 55 tankless water heaters in use at the Alcorn County Regional Jail asking that the defective and/or malfunctioning units be replaced.

County officials, including board members, the regional jail warden, chancery clerk, maintenance supervisor met with the architect, engineer and contractors in mid-July to discuss the scope of problems and find a solution.

At the time of the meeting, 17 of the 55 units were not functioning at all or were functioning at less than capacity. In last week’s assessment, 11 of the units were not working, said board president Lowell Hinton.

The board is following through on a recommendation from architect Michael LeBlanc to request replacement of the units from manufacturer Rinnai under terms of the manufacturer’s warranty. The units have been in use since the first inmates arrived at the regional jail in June 2011.

The letter was drafted by board attorney William “Bill” Davis with assistance from Chancery Clerk Bobby Marolt, Hinton said, and they’ll await a response to consider what action to take next.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com