Lafayette Parish Correctional Center KPEL staff photo

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — For three decades the pipes in Lafayette's jail have been leaking. Finally, they're going to get fixed.

The city says a $1.9 million project will replace failing pipes in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and fix chronic leaking caused by aging plumbing.

The Advertiser reports that the project will also force inmates to be transferred out of the jail during the repair work.

The prison's director, Rob Reardon, says the leaks have been a problem at the facility for 30 years.

The work is expected to take about nine months. Prison officials say about 80 percent of the roughly 30-year-old PVC pipes will be replaced with copper pipes.

The project will begin in January and inmates will be taken out floor by floor to other jails.

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