Federal officials find contamination in Crow water system

Federal officials find contamination in Crow water system

News Type: State Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle
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Tests results on a public water system serving 1,300 residents on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation found evidence of fecal material contamination that exceeded safety standards, government investigators disclosed Thursday.

The contamination was found in tests conducted in April and May on the Crow Agency Water System, investigators said in a report issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General.

Fecal contamination can come from human or animal waste and indicates the possible presence of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Sources can include improper wastewater treatment, runoff from manure and leaking septic systems.