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Bozeman Drinking Water Contamination Warning Lifted

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BOZEMAN - On Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Quality confirmed the drinking water in Bozeman is safe, after a precautionary health advisory was issued.
  
"We had good chlorine residuals throughout the system and today at around noon the Montana DEQ to lift the health advisory," said Rick Moroney, Water Plant Superintendent.

After heavy run off over the weekend, a precautionary health advisory was issued for the city.
The water contained high turbidity, which is the measurement of the cloudiness in the water.

"Our requirement is 0.3 NTUs. A NTU is a measure of the of partials in the water," said Moroney. "95% of the samples we take a month. We're required to take those samples every 15 minutes."

Once the turbidity measurement exceeds one, a health advisory must be issued.

"The Department of Environmental Quality will allow us to exceed 0.3 of the other 5% , but if we go above 1 we have to notify the Montana Department of Environmental Quality within 24 hours," said Moroney.

The current water treatment plant was built in 1984 and no longer meets standard requirements.

"It can only reach a standard of 5 NTUs which was a requirement ," said Moroney.

Currently, a new water treatment plant is being built which will supply fresh, clean water to all residents in the Gallatin Valley.

"The new plant will be capable of producing 22-million gallons a day," said Moroney.

Moroney said in the 29 years he has worked at the water treatment in Bozeman, this is the first time the city has had to issue a health advisory.

The new water treatment plant is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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