Water Back On For 500 Barling Residents But Boil Order Remains In Place

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BARLING (KFSM) – Water was turned back on for about 500 Barling residents overnight, according to dispatchers with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office.

Even though the water is back on Wednesday morning (July 15th), the boil order remains in place as a precautionary measure. Crews say they need to test the water to make sure it is safe to drink before that boil order will be lifted.

Residents were without water for more than 12 hours Tuesday (July 14th) after a major water line broke.

Once crews began working on fixing the broken line, they realized that it had actually been slowly collapsing over time.

“This is an original asbestos cement pipe put in [back] in1968, the first water system planted under public funding,” said Public Works Director Steve Core. “There are signs that it eroded over a period of years and it was leaking over a period of years, and it finally just gave up the ghost in the heat.”

5NEWS will stay on top of this story and let you know when the precautionary boil order is lifted.