Judge: Texas Prison’s Water Violates ‘Standards of Decency’

HOUSTON (AP) -

A group of prisoners alleging they have to drink arsenic-laden water to stay cool inside their hot Texas lockup won a legal victory Tuesday after a federal judge ordered the Texas prison system to provide safe drinking water that doesn’t violate “contemporary standards of decency.”

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston has given the prison system 15 days to replace the water supply at the unit in Navasota.

The judge’s order is part of a lawsuit the sick, elderly and disabled inmates filed alleging they’re being exposed to dangerous heat at the unit.

The prison system says the unit’s water is safe to drink.

The inmates’ attorney says prisoners should be able to live in units with safe temperatures and drinking water.