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Glendive water system back online after new system installed

GLENDIVE, Mont. — The city of Glendive’s water system is back online after being shut down when residue from an oil spill along the Yellowstone River was detected at the water plant’s intake.

Officials on Saturday had advised 6,000 residents to conserve water because an ice breakup on the river apparently released oil that had been trapped in the ice since the Jan. 17 spill.

The water plant was shut down as a precaution as officials sought to avoid a repeat of the contamination that got into the system in the days after the spill, forcing residents to use bottled water.

Crews on Sunday installed an aeration system to remove any future contaminants from Glendive’s drinking water supply. That allowed the plant to resume treating water.

“If we do see spikes like we had on Saturday, the aeration system we have in place will be able to handle that,” said Bill Salvin, a spokesman for Bridger Pipeline LLC.

The company’s broken pipeline spewed about 30,000 gallons of crude into the Yellowstone River.

Cleanup crews working have recovered about 50 barrels of oil, Salvin said. That’s equivalent to 2,100 gallons and represents less than 10 percent of the total volume spilled.

In related news, Petroleum found in some fish near oil spill into Yellowstone.

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