Environmental Health: Water Services
Introduction - Drinking Water Wells
|Missoula City-County Health Department and
Water Quality District take water issues very seriously. The efforts to
maintain an adequate supply of clean ground water and keep our surface
water resources healthy are primary goals of Missoula City-County Health
Department. To facilitate these goals, we have a variety of
services to offer to the community and the individual.
Water is essential to life. The water we use for our drinking water should be clean and safe. Missoula County residents who drink water from a well, fall into one of several categories of well user:
- Private – individually owned well used by one or two families
- Multi-family – group owned well that serves 3 to 14 families totaling fewer than 25 people
- Public – serving 25 or more people 60 or more days in a
calendar year. There are three types of public water supplies:
- Community: serves 15 or more families at their residence, such as trailer courts, housing developments, entire communities, etc.
- Non-Transient Non-Community: serves the same 25 or more people in places such as schools, churches, places of work, etc.
- Transient Non-Community: serves 25 or more people in places such as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, public accommodations, pools and spas, etc.
Private wells are not regulated, but the US EPA has
recommendations for well owners. Individuals with private wells must
manage their own water to make sure it is clean and safe to drink. The
way to make certain your water is not contaminated is to
test a sample of your tap water. Testing
determines whether or not your water is potable water, water free of
total coliform contamination. If the water sample you test is
contaminated, you may call your local health department to get
instructions about disinfecting your
well or use the links provided on this page.
Public water wells are regulated and held to a higher standard. They must meet federal rules for clean water as provided in the Safe Drinking Water Act. The owner of the public water supply is responsible for providing water safe to drink. Community and Non-Transient water supplies must also have a specially trained water operator to help manage the water supply. Water operator certification is provided by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality
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