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Town of Cascade is investigating water supply

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Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 15, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-16 16:18:08-05

(UPDATE, 1:40 p.m.) The Town of Cascade has determined that the smell detected in several homes in Cascade on Sunday via their water was coming out of the Madison Three well.

After contacting drillers, engineers, and Montana Rural Water, they isolated the source and have switched over to using Madison One well.

Authorities believe this may be related to construction of the new Madison Three well.

The town will be doing more flushing and sampling to make sure the water is safe before putting the well back online.

Cascade maintains a chlorine residual throughout the water system which is checked daily to prevent bacteria in the system.

As a precautionary measure, while additional testing is being done, and with the suspect source being taken offline, they are asking resident to not drink the water until further notice. This is not regulatory, only suggested, at this time.


(1st REPORT, 10:03 a.m.) The town of Cascade is asking residents to not drink water from the town supply as Public Works staff investigate what it calls "problems."

A woman told KRTV: "Many homeowners complaining about foul tasting and smelling water; think starting fluid."

On Sunday evening, town officials said it had received reports of "water problems," but did not elaborate. A short time later, a social media post said:

At this time, the public works department is asking that you don't drink the water, which is STRICTLY PRECAUTIONARY. We are diligently working to figure out what is going on and why it is very sporadic as to who is affected.

Town officials said that using the water for washing and bathing is fine.

At 10:15 a.m. on Monday, the following information was released:

Water system update: Last night, the water source was isolated and switched to a different one. (The town has 3). The system was then flushed. Asking people to not drink the water was PRECAUTIONARY, and not an emergency measure.

Cascade is about halfway between Great Falls and Wolf Creek.

We will update you if we get more information.