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Polson declares water emergency; some shutoffs in effect

| July 26, 2021 4:31 PM

The city of Polson declared a water emergency effective at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, “due to extraordinary demand and the inability to fill water reserves to an adequate level for fire protection and operational purpose.”

The city’s Water and Sewer departments will be turning off water until 10 p.m. Monday for residents of Skyview Lane, Skyline Drive, Mission View, JB Drive and Claffey Drive.

City Manager Ed Meece said in a press release that in addition to needing to refill reserve tanks, shutoffs are necessary to assure that the nearby booster station remains operable.

The city has bottled water available for pickup at the city water shop at 715 Seventh Ave. W., and at the Linderman School gymnasium, 312 Fourth Ave. E., where restroom facilities are open to the public. Staff members are attempting to deliver small quantities to affected neighborhoods as well.

Elderly residents and those with special concerns who live in the shutoff areas are encouraged to contact City Hall.

For more information call the city at 406-883-8201 or visit www.cityofpolson.com.

“All city of Polson water customers are strongly encouraged to conserve water in their daily routine as much as possible,” the press release states.

Residents on canal or lake irrigation are not affected by the emergency declaration. That includes Polson Bay Golf Course, which is on canal irrigation.