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Nov 21, 2012


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Shelly Nolan
Permitting and Compliancence


DEQ Downgrades Roundup Boil Water Order to Health Advisory


Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has downgraded a Boil Water Order for the City of Roundup’s public water supply to a Health Advisory.

The City of Roundup’s water system was placed on a boil water order on November 19, 2012 when part of the infiltration gallery (source of water) was compromised during a construction project to repair damage from flooding during the summer. The DEQ issued the boil water order to protect public health due to the potential for debris and contaminants in the water system.

After conducting a site visit on November 20 and being notified that five current sample results are absent for bacteria, the DEQ has downgraded system to a Health Advisory. A Health Advisory is issued because the potential for bacteria may still be present within the system due to the construction project. However, efforts are in place to mitigate this event.

Under a Health Advisory, the consumers of that water system do not need to boil their water or take other corrective action. Consumers having specific health concerns should consult with their health care providers. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers and may continue to boil their water as a precaution. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Roundup’s water operators are working with DEQ staff employees, consultants and technical assistance providers to mitigate any water quality or quantity issues and will continue to monitor the system.

Frequently asked questions about health advisories are available on the DEQ website at

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