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Cascade County

Feb 8, 2012 12:29 PM by Erin Schermele, David Sherman

Trailer Terrace residents alarmed about arsenic in water supply

Arsenic has been found in the water system of the Trailer Terrace Co-op on Lower River Road.

Members of the Trailer Terrace Co-op addressed the Cascade County Commission on Tuesday morning, and said that they want to purchase the park from the current owner so that they can form their own water and sewer district, which will give them more options in upgrading the water and sewer system.

According to Trailer Terrace residents, various minerals have also been found in the water and the pressure is very low.

Residents can expect to see the issue on a ballot within 70 days.

Here is the full text of the notice that was provided to residents and shared with us by Scott Shinaver:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

TRAILER TERRACE has Levels of ARSENIC above Drinking Water Standards

Our water systems has violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

Water sample results received during the 4th quarter of 2011 revealed the running annual average for ARSENIC to be 0.020 mg/L. This is above the total ARSENIC standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL), of 0.010 mg/L.

What should I do?

- You do not need to use an alternative (e.g., bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

- This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. However, some peole who drink water containing ARSENIC in excess of the MCL over many years may experience skin damage or problems with their circulatory system, and may have and (sic) increased risk of getting cancer.

What happened? What is being done?

[TRAILER TERRACE completes this section]

For more information, please contact John Hurd Property Mgmt, 209 Black Pine Trail, Missoula, MT, 59803.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by TRAILER TERRACE (Class C)
State Water System ID#: MT00000025

Arsenic in water at Trailer Terrace

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