DEQ grants wastewater permit to Montana company for proposed water bottling

DEQ grants wastewater permit to Montana company for proposed water bottling

Source: Billings Gazette
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KALISPELL — Montana environmental regulators have granted a wastewater discharge permit for a company that wants to bottle drinking water east of Kalispell.

The Daily Inter Lake reports the Montana Artesian Water Co. already has a preliminary water rights permit from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to pull up to 231.5 million gallons of water from the underground aquifer near Creston. An administrative hearing on the water rights is set for Sept. 19 in Kalispell.

The discharge permit, granted by the Department of Environmental Quality, sets limits and monitoring requirements to protect water quality. The discharged water will have been used for a temperature control system or to rinse out bottles prior to filling them.

Some residents have been trying to stop the plant by expanding an agricultural zoning district to include the proposed plant property.