The University of Montana, along with Missoula City and County, Montana DOT, and the Missoula Water Quality District, has applied for a storm water permit to protect the surface waters of the Clark Fork River from contamination.

To report Storm water issues contact, Tom Javins: 243-2127 or Tom Javins

From Drain To Drink


Several years ago questions surfaced about lead levels being higher than the standard allowances. After several rounds of testing, tests proved that water quality in every building on campus Is safe for drinking. Researchers discovered that lead levels would show higher counts when the water had been stagnant in the pipes for an extended period of time. For example, over the summer the dorms are rarely occupied therefore allowing the water to sit in the pipes for quite sometime. During the school year, dorm drinking fountains and faucets are frequently used preventing the water from gaining lead buildup in the pipes. So drink up, because most buildings are campus are visited everyday by students and staff who keep the water flowing, fresh and clean.

If you are still concerned about lead in the water, which is most important for young children and pregnant women, let the water run for a few minutes and wait until it is cold. This will ensure you that it isn't water that has been sitting in the pipes and it is lead free.

The University of Montana receives the same drinking water the entire city does. In fact, UM's water is required to be tested more frequently than most of the water in Missoula homes because it is a distributor.

Go here to learn more about lead in drinking water and about Drinking Water Health

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