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Ronan releases 2018 water report

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RONAN – The annual water report revealed that Ronan’s water meets state and federal standards for water quality. The report calls the document a “snapshot” of the water quality for the year.

Water from both of the city’s wells was tested at Montana Environmental Laboratory in Kalispell during 2018.

The tests monitor five different types of contaminants that could have negative health impacts on residents if found in the water. According to the report, the levels of all types of contaminants in Ronan’s city water are all deemed safe.

Some contaminants were detected in the city’s drinking water, but all were at safe levels. For example, the highest level of arsenic detected in 2018 was one part per billion. Ten parts per billion is the maximum contaminant level allowed in drinking water. As Ronan’s water was tested at far less than that maximum contaminant level, it is safe to drink. 

Because the city of Ronan has historically had very clean drinking water, the city has a waiver that allows the city to test for certain contaminants, like asbestos and inorganic contaminants, less often than is normally mandated.

According to the report the Montana Department of Environmental Quality assessed the Ronan aquifer in 2000 and determined that the wells used by the city are well protected from contamination. To view the full report, visit:


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