Libby Cautions Residents Against Drinking Tap Water

By Beacon Staff

The City of Libby is cautioning residents against drinking tap water and issued a boil order after the level of turbidity in the water surpassed the amount recommended by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. City Administrator Jim Hammons said the boil order could remain in effect for at least three days. He said the levels of turbidity increased in the city’s water after warm weather brought rain and extra snowmelt.

Turbidity is a measurement of cloudiness or haziness in a liquid that is caused by bacteria. Hammons said residents should boil water for one to three minutes before consuming it.

“I’m hoping we can get this figured out by the weekend, but it all depends on the weather,” he said.

For more information, call Libby City Hall at (406) 293-2731.

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