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Libby Could See Another Boil Notice Soon

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Libby is lifting its boil notice at 3:00 this afternoon, but city administrator Jim Hammons says there may be another one on the way.

Hammons blames all the sudden runoff for increasing the water's turbidity, a measure of cloudiness caused by bacteria and other stuff floating around.

The higher temperatures managed to melt a lot of snow, but Hammons says that it has nowhere to go but the treatment plant since the ground is still largely frozen.

For about the last twenty-four hours, people in Libby had to boil drinking water for three minutes

"Years ago before we had the treatment plant, yeah it was pretty common back then, but now that we have the treatment plant it is kind of uncommon," said Hammons.

The level of turbidity is in line with national regulations now, but Hammons worries they could get up into the danger zone again if the runoff keeps up.

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