BILLINGS — Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued a boil water notice effective immediately for residents of the Meadowlark Mobile Home Park in Billings, Wednesday afternoon—the latest in a series of ongoing water issues residents of the park are experiencing.
On Sunday, water was shut off for residents park-wide for 24 hours, following a water main break. Bottled water was distributed for residents during the outage, but residents say they were not told how long water would be out or the cause of the outage.
When water came back on Monday afternoon, black, brown and yellow water poured out residents' taps.
Residents were notified of the boil notice by a text from the park management, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Lisa Kaufman, the DEQ field services section supervisor, said the notice was issued Tuesday night, and the owner of Meadowlark, Utah-based Havenpark, has posted the notice.
The notice is expected to last until next Wednesday or Thursday, and the Thanksgiving holiday is delaying testing, she said.
Five samples must be taken and tested for e. Coli and other bacteria, and the samples must clear for the notice to be lifted, Kaufman said.