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Jul 26, 2012 9:53 AM by Callie Eike - Q2 News

City of Laurel under Boil Order until further notice

LAUREL - The entire city of Laurel is under a Boil Order until further notice. Water has been restored to most of Laurel.

About 3 p.m. yesterday an 8-inch water line broke after construction workers made a mistake and hit the line located at 4th Street and 1st Avenue in Laurel. The Department of Environmental Quality issued a Boil Order for any water used for consumption to prevent health issues. That includes water used for drinking, brushing teeth, and doing dishes.

At 7:30 p.m. crews were able to secure the water valves around the broken pipe, allowing them to climb down under the street and to take a look. Laurel Mayor Ken Olson says the water line is now isolated, and repairs for the water main are under way.

Officials say water pressure should return to Laurel residents sometime tonight, however, community members are asked to conserve water and not water outside. Right now, just one water line supports the entire city of Laurel.

Free bottles of water are available at the Laurel Fire Hall.

Laurel residents are asked to conserve water by shutting off all excess use such as sprinkling, irrigation and any other unnecessary use of water.

Because the water system lost pressure, residents should not drink the water without boiling it first for at least 1 minute or using bottled water as an alternative. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

More information about boiling water can be found at www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/pws/docs/BoilOrderFactSheet.pdf.

The public may call (406) 628-4796 if they have questions.


LAUREL - Q2 Reporter Callie Eike tells us at around 3 p.m. the water was coming up steady and more forceful, but now they have some areas entering secured. Crews have secured the water lines coming from the water plant and are trying to have the water line completely secured before than can send someone down the hole to repair the break. Apparently, there is a valve leaking. Mayor Kent Olson says they are going to purchase water at Walmart and it will be available at the Fire Hall for anyone who needs it.


LAUREL - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has been informed that a water main in Laurel has been broken. Water has been lost from the city storage tank and loss of water pressure is starting to be felt in the northern areas of Laurel. The DEQ has Issued a Boil Order for the system.

City staff is working to shut the main off.

In the meantime, residents of Laurel are being asked to conserve water by shutting off all excess use such as sprinkling, irrigation and any other unnecessary use of water. Because the water system lost pressure, residents should not drink the water without boiling it first for at least 1 minute or using bottled water as an alternative. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

More information about boiling water can be found at www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/pws/docs/BoilOrderFactSheet.pdf.

The public may call 406-628-4796 if they have questions.

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