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By Nathan Bourne

The costs of Linda Vista's sewer

Seeley Lake Sewer


August 9, 2018

The sewer mains were installed in 1994-1995 in the Linda Vista area. The Missoula Water Quality District began testing wells in 1994 and suspended testing in 2003 after two successive tests showed all wells were below the nitrate standard of 10 mg/L. Any test registering above 10 mg/L of nitrates is a violation of the groundwater standard.

SEELEY LAKE - At a recent sewer board meeting Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss delivered a warning that has been echoing throughout the county for decades: "Look what happened to Linda Vista when they turned down funding offers." These warnings have come with all sorts of figures and statements attached about Linda Vista residents such as "They had to pay $20,000 to $30,000 each," "They could have had 90 percent paid by grants" and "They had to pay for it all with no grants."

Residents of Seeley Lake are not alone. The situation at Linda Vista has been pointed to multiple times ove...

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