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With repairs complete, Stevensville water crisis comes to an end

Posted at 2:02 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 16:02:05-04

STEVENSVILLE – The drought is coming to an end in Stevensville, as the town wrapped up repairs to its water system and lifted water restrictions this past week.

Stevensville residents have been coping with major water problems after pumps failed in the town’s well field nearly two weeks ago. Mayor Brandon Dewey ordered the emergency restrictions when the city discovered there was less than two feet of water left in the reservoir.

But Wednesday night, Dewey told the Town Council that repairs were being wrapped up with the arrival and installation of specialty parts that had to come all the way from Colorado on special order. He said the pumps have been installed, and the reservoir is full. Water samples have been sent to the lab in Missoula, and Dewey said the town planned to lift restrictions at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning.

That means there will be no more restrictions on household water use, lawn watering or irrigation.

However, Dewey says the town is still down one well, which will need more extensive work. He asked that people still use water wisely and reminds them no watering is allowed on Sundays, which gives the water system a chance to recharge each week.