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Crow Tribe lifts ‘boil order’ for Pryor water system

May 21, 2019

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crow tribal officials have lifted a boil order for the Pryor water system after finding no contamination.

The order was put in place last week after electricity to the system was shut off because the tribe failed to pay its power bill. The pumps lost power, causing some distribution system lines to lose pressure, which could have allowed contaminants into the pipes.

The Billings Gazette reports about 100 households, two schools and a health clinic were affected.

Tanner Black Eagle, the tribe’s lead water treatment operator, says officials determined the water was safe after test results Saturday found no coliform bacteria.

Black Eagle says tribal officials have begun internal discussions on establishing a structure for handling the invoices so power isn’t shut off again.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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