- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small elementary school just northeast of Billings is hauling in water after Yellowstone County health officials said the school could no longer use its well due to E. coli contamination.

Pioneer School had used the well for 50 years, but this spring it tested positive for a bacteria found in animal feces that can cause a fatal illness. The well was disinfected and flushed, but still tested positive for E. coli.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1qNj1Tp) the school received a $20,000 emergency grant to help pay for the cost of installing a cistern to hold water the school would have to truck in.

In the meantime, secretary Marilyn Michael says the school’s 64 students are getting their drinking water from water dispensers and are using portable hand-washing stations.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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