- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SHERIDAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana town is trying to figure out what caused elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water.

The Montana Standard reports (http://bit.ly/2ayGfMk) that the state is providing free bottled water to all residents as a precaution, but it is recommended for children, pregnant women and people with kidney problems or high blood pressure.

Officials will mail notices and brochures to the town’s 700 residents addressing the potential health effects of the contaminated water.

Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Kristi Ponozzo says the lead concentration in some water samples analyzed on July 8 was 32 parts per billion. The federal Environmental Protection Agency requires a response to lead concentrations over 15 parts per billion.

The agency has been collecting water sampling data from Sheridan since 1975 and this is the first time lead has shown up over 15 ppb.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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