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Introduction - Drinking Water Wells

Photo of a drinking water well Missoula City-County Health Department and Missoula Valley 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 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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