Water official says “there’s happy campers in Brady tody”
(BRADY) – THE PRESIDENT OF THE BRADY COUNTY WATER DISTRICT, LAURIE CAMPBELL, SAYS THERE ARE A LOT OF “HAPPY CAMPERS,” IN BRADY TODAY BECAUSE THE BRADY WATER SYSTEM IS BACK UP AND RUNNING.
THE SYSTEM WENT OFF-LINE TWO WEEKS AGO TO THE DAY WHEN IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE WATER IN THE LINES WAS BEING CONTAMINATED.
CAMPBELL SAYS THE BOIL ORDER HAS BEEN LIFTED AND WATER IS AVAILABLE
FOR AREA FARMERS TO HAUL WATER FROM THE SYSTEM
WATER DISTRICT OFFICIALS ARE ADVISING THAT RESIDENTIAL USERS
FLUSH HOUSEHOLD PIPING BEFORE USING AND THEY DO SUGGEST THAT BOTTLED
WATER STILL BE USED FOR DRINKING, COOKING OR BRUSHING TEETH UNTIL ALL
TESTS COME BACK CLEAN.
THEY ALSO ARE LEAVING THE HEALTH ADVISORIES IN PLACE FOR RESIDENTS
WITH LOW IMMUNE SYSTEMS
ANY QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED BY CAMPBELL OR JOANNE WEIKUM AND
YOU CAN SEE A FULL LIST OF INSTRUCTIONS AND CONTACT NUMBERS ON OUR WEBSITE AT ksenam.com
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESIDENTS OF BRADY, MT
FLUSH PIPING BEFORE HOUSEHOLD USE
City distribution lines and household plumbing should be flushed appropriately to remove any sediment or sludge from the lines. It is highly recommended that all homes and institutions go through a systematic process to clear any water from the internal plumbing. If you have any particulate filters, drinking water filters such as Britta, ice makers, etc. replace filters, dump all ice,and clean container(s) with soap and water and rinse with clean water to remove any residue. Reverse Osmosis filters such as Culligan should be O.K. but you might want to check with your supplier.
Before beginning to flush your home piping:
- If any strange odor is detected while flushing shut the water off immediately and call Brady County Water District’s operator Russ Leithauser at 406-788-8846.
- Open up cold water faucets in basements first (be sure to flush washing machine lines by running a load with empty machine). Flush all other taps until water temperature gets colder or 3-5 minutes, close faucets. Open up cold water faucets on main level and flush until temperature changes, close faucets, proceed to flush any cold water faucets on upper level last if your home has a second story.
- Open up hot water tank tap in basement tub or laundry sink and flush out your tank until the water turns cold. (Use a bathtub or laundry sink to avoid overflowing a sink since the hot water tank holds 30 to 40 gallons of water.) This will remove the hot water that may have sludge or sediment in it before using for showering or bathing. If you do not have a basement tub then use the tub faucet on the main floor. Note: You may flush the hot water tank directly if you know the proper procedure. Do not attempt to flush your tank directly otherwise. The water is hot and could result in burns. If the tank has not been flushed before, the valve may not shut off.
- Once you have flushed all of the cold water taps and hot water has been flushed from the tank continue to flush any other hot water taps for 3- 5 minutes to remove any stagnant water in hot water faucets.
When you have completed the flushing process:
You may now use the water for showering or bathing, however bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, or brushing teeth until all test results come back clean of bacteria and potential chemical contaminants.
It is recommended that you sponge bathe infants and small children until all chemical tests are cleared and recent coliform test results are negative. Do not mix baby formula with the tap water until it is deemed safe by your water expert.
Please contact Brady County Water District if you have any questions on these instructions or smell any strong odor when you flush your household or premise piping. The contact numbers are: Laurie Campbell 406-788-9254.or Joanne Weikum 753-2307.