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Classes go on in Tieton

TIETON, Wash -- Broken water pipes continue to wreak havoc in Tieton -- but classes go on.

The Tieton Intermediate lost water pressure on Wednesday and are still with out water. So toilets can't flush and hands can't be washed.

Andrew Woehlers, the school's principle, said schools close only if there is a safety issue or instruction can't continue. "Today is no different than when kids go on a field trip to Snow Mountain Ranch, and don't have running water," said Woehlers.

The school brought in a 250 gallon water tank. Staff take turns filling  and flushing toilets after students use them. They also have hot water and hand sanitizer for students to wash their hands.

In the cafeteria, kids eat lunch off of Styrofoam plates which can be thrown out instead of plastic trays which need to be washed.

"The kids are reacting like kids, as you would expect," said Woehlers. "They think its pretty wild, pretty neat. They are kind of bouncing around but then settle right down when they see the adults take this in stride."