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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% of the county's water usage, while the juvenile facility accounted for only 4%.
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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