In a statement provided to , Scott Kernan, Undersecretary of Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, says he "shares your concern relative to clean water at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP)." He also says his department is working to install an arsenic treatment facility there. "We anticipate fully resolving this problem by August 2012."
By contrast, KVSP Warden M.D. Biter said just six weeks ago that officials "anticipate resolving the problem by October 2011." Meanwhile, last week a spokesman for the Department of Public Health told the problem would be resolved by February 2012 -- at the latest.
In 2008, meanwhile, the previous warden of KVSP, Anthony Hedgpeth, said officials "anticipate resolving the problem by June 2009."