Jail officials 'flushed' with relief at $4 fix

February 9, 2009 2:40:22 PM PST
A $4 fix may end up helping a central Pennsylvania jail from flushing away thousands of dollars. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Sunbury municipal officials had warned Northumberland County of $25,000-a-day fines if the county jail didn't stop the flow of debris that's been clogging up a sewer station. County officials say items like candy wrappers, plastic utensils, food containers and even blankets were being flushed.

Warden Ralph Reish (RISH) says a homemade trap costing less than $4 may solve the problem.

He says the trap was installed in one cell without the inmates' knowledge. Because the debris could no longer empty into the sewer system, the toilet backed up and the inmates were disciplined.

The warden now plans to install the device on all 80 jail toilets.

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