Northwest Montana Lakes to Introduce New Sewage Bill to Extend Studies

Northwest Montana Lakes to Introduce New Sewage Bill to Extend Studies

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Montana’s northwest lakes are suffering from an unnoticed problem: sewage seeping into the lakes. A report conducted between 2014 and 2015 determined that many of the lake homes had septic systems, but the sewage that is fed into the systems was starting to seep into the northwestern lakes.

Failing sewer systems were to blame for contamination in Flathead Lake after DNA tests showed that human gut fauna had entered the lake and surface water.

Thus far, homeowners have done little to adopt alternative practices and instead, leave their aging systems to leak sewage into many of the lakes that the homes overlook. Soil absorbs much of the waste and breaks it down, but soil conditions and lack of maintenance has led to liquid being released into nearby lakes.