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Water outage continues in Saline County
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PARON, Ark. (KTHV) -- A week without running water.

Fire Chief Justin Nelson of Paron still says help is on the way.

"Steve Good at Big Star in Perryville donated 5 pallets of water. We just had to go pick it up and the [Arkansas] Forestry Commission volunteered to go pick it up for us," Nelson said.

Volunteers were hard at work unloading the cases of water at the Paron Fire Department on Monday.

And more preps for back-to-school. Monday was the first day of classes at Paron Elementary School. Administrators were prepared for the outage with bottled water, portable restrooms and hand sanitizer. But as of noon, water has been restored to the elementary school.

Around the community of Paron, a county-wide operation took place Saturday night to backfill the tanks.

"We trucked in about 174,000 gallons of water from other water users. And we worked from 7 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning, all through the night. At one point we had about 10 tankers running at one time and two pumpers, along with several support crew,"  Nelson said.

William "Moon" Mullins is the system manager for the Paron-Owensville Water Authority.

He stated there is still a lot of work ahead.

"You've got to isolate it as you go and get all the air out because you do get air a lot. And I've got 150-mile line and the whole system went down," Mullins said. "It's still going to be several days probably until everybody can get in line. But I have no way of telling you how long it's going to be."

And as to what the community still needs:

"A lot of prayers is the biggest thing. And that's pretty much it, just a lot of prayers," Nelson added.

The outage was caused by a water main break in North Garland County, which supplies several small towns.

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