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IMPORTANT: Conserve water

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By The Staff

Local officials are urging all Marion County residents to conserve water.   During the recent power outages, electricity has been out at the Lebanon water treatment plant, Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas said after an emergency meeting of city and county officials and emergency personnel Wednesday evening. As a result no water is being pumped into shortage tanks.   Crews have been working to restore power to the treatment plant, but there is no definite timeline for when power will be restored.   "They might get it up tonight. They might not get it going until tomorrow," Thomas said. "And if more tree limbs go down, it might be longer."   To aid in that effort, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved a declaration ordering production to cease in Marion County for the time being.   Even if electricity is restored to local factories, factory officials should check to see if the water treatment plant is up and running before resuming production.   Likewise, Thomas urged all county residents to continue conserving water -  even after the plant is operating  - until the after the ice storm has abated.