The 2018-2019 Annual Water Quality Report, also referred to as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), is now available.
For more information about Missoula's water quality or the annual water quality report, please contact Missoula Water at 552-6700.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion is not a health-based limit; it is an administrative tool used to check community-wide exposure. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a 1 part per billion limit for young children. Pregnant women, infants, and young children are most at risk from lead exposures, especially bottle-fed infants who drink formula made with tap water. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children.
Lead in drinking water is primarily from customers’ private plumbing pipes and fixtures. You can test and learn more about the source of any lead in your water with a 3-sample test kit from the non-profit/university partnership of Healthy Babies Bright Futures and Virginia Tech.
You can reduce your exposure to any lead in water by flushing water from your tap before you use it for drinking or cooking. Do this if the water has not run for an hour or more. Let the cold water run from the tap until you feel a temperature change before using it. This may take between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Instead of flushing, you can use a filter certified to remove lead.