- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Western Tidewater Regional Jail is getting upgrades to make it more energy efficient.

Suffolk, Franklin and Isle of Wight counties approved a $4.7 million contract earlier this month to replace outdated lighting and water systems.

Jail superintendent William C. Smith tells The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1JK2hmK ) that the upgrades are expected to save the jail about $300,000 to $400,000 a year.

The savings will be used to pay off the loan for the improvements. Smith says the contractor, Siemens, must make up the difference if the savings don’t match what it guaranteed.

Smith says a majority of the jail’s systems are more than 20 years old.

Work is expected to begin in early August. The project is expected to take about nine months to complete.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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