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Judge raises concerns about potential hazard inside downtown parking garage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local judge believes there could be a potential health hazard inside the parking garage of the Lewis Brandeis Hall of Justice.

"I am very concerned about it, and I think it's a health hazard," Jefferson County District Court Judge David Bowles said.

Bowles discovered a major leak in the garage, and worries it could be a potential health hazard.

"It's just so clear that the evidence here, that there is a problem and it's not being addressed," he said.

The garage is used by elected officials, including 17 district court judges and all of their employees.

"I don't know what it is, but I know it's not a waterline that's leaking because of what you can see here on the ground," Bowles said.

Bowles worries that whatever is on the ground is being tracked through the halls of justice.

"So I don't know if it's sink water, I don't know if it's sewage water, I don't know what it is," Bowles said.

To find the source and some answers, WDRB reached out to garage's management, who directed us to Metro Corrections.

"It's right there, it's one floor up," Major Chuck Eggers said.

Eggers said the leak is from the jail's kitchen, which happens to be right above the garage.

"It's water they use to clean the floor," Eggers said.

Eggers said the jail serves 2,100 inmates three meals a day, and the floors beneath the dishwasher are aggressively sprayed and squeegeed every time. That's what pushes so much water into the pipes above the parking garage.

"So a lot of food comes off the dishwasher, gets on the floor, you see the water hose, they use the water hose, they use buckets of water, they just kind of flush that away," he said.

We asked Eggers why this information has not been shared with Judge Bowles.

"He didn't ask us. As far as I know, which would have been probably easy to clean up, had he have done that," Eggers said.

Jail officials said the pipes have been patched, however, it's not a permanent fix, and that's why the leak returns.

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