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Ennis Schools Use Bottled Water After Water Main Break

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The water in Ennis is unsafe to drink after a water main break happened last week.

Town leaders say at this point, boiling the water does not even make it safe to drink.

Tammy Wham is the kitchen manager for Ennis Schools. She said because of the water main break that happened last week, the cafeteria has had to make some minor adjustments.

"We are using paper plates and silverware," said Wham.

She said the most difficult part is cleaning the cafeteria.

"We either have to warm up the bottle water, so it's warm to clean or we have to run it through the dishwasher," said Wham.

The water main break happened on Thursday when 3 Rivers Communications was installing a fiber optic line.

"As they were pulling the cable through, it struck the water main that leads from the water tank on the northwest corner of town," said Scott Newell, Ennis Police Chief.
 
The water main break could have led to bacteria contaminating the drinking water. Since then, town leaders have worked to disinfect and sanitize the water lines, which is four day process.

"It involves treating the water lines then putting additional chlorine into the water," said Newell. "The water is then cycled through the city, flushed out and tested. The process is repeated a couple times to make sure we meet state and federal standards."

On Monday, water samples were collected throughout the town and were taken to Bozeman for testing.  

Right now, water can be used for bathing, dishwashing and laundry. But, residents are urged not to drink the water. Town leaders say even boiling the water will not make it safe for consumption.

Wham said the district will continue to receive bottled water until the town leaders say the water is safe to consume.

"We want to make sure it's all clean, healthy and there's no cross contamination," said Wham.

Test results are expected to be completed as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.

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