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Browning schools closed due to water pressure issues

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 02, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-04 00:10:26-05

BROWNING — The extended winter break continues for students in Browning.

Schools Superintendent Corrina Gardipee Hall told MTN News on Wednesday that there will be no school on Thursday or Friday due to continued water pressure issues.

She said the two days will need to be made up at a later date due to aggregate hours.

Two Medicine Water Company has placed the community under water restrictions as they try to locate a new part at their water treatment plant.

The part has been broken since December 24, and they are working to get the new part in as soon as possible.

(1st REPORT, JANUARY 2) Students in Browning got an unexpected extension to their winter break as schools were unable to open on Tuesday due to a water pressure issue.

Two Medicine Water Company has placed the community of Browning under water restrictions as they try to locate a new part for their water treatment plant.

On the front door of the company building, a sign says:

The VFD (variable requency drive) on one of the trains at the Stu Miller Water treatment plant has become faulty. We are in the progress (sic) of locating another VFD part, until we can get the new part installed. The Browning community will remain under water restrictions.

Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Sincerely, Josh Bechel, TMWC Manager

According to Bechel, the part has been broken since Christmas Eve, and they are expecting the replacement to arrive by Wednesday morning. Bechel said that the issue is not that there is no water, but that there is not enough pressure in the system, making it a fire hazard for schools to hold classes.

Another source that wished to remain anonymous told us that Browning Middle School is having the most issues, apparently not even having enough water to flush toilets.

Two Medicine Water Company said that they expect to have levels back to normal by Wednesday morning, but due to the current level of water in the system, schools could be delayed in opening another day.