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Sewage

Montana's real estate booms create a mountain of sewage. Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MTDEQ) is overwhelmed with applications for sewage disposal systems, so much so that most systems have been built without an inspection. With more than 1,200 subdivisions seeking state approval, DEQ approves almost everyone without ever visiting the construction site. Groundwater contamination with nitrates has been found in domestic wells, and in some cheap subdivision systems standing sewage is evident on the surface. We are all upset if the sewage is dumped into a river, but if it goes into groundwater nobody seems to care. DEQ's Water Protection Bureau, Subdivision Section, reviews new sewage treatment systems for all subdivisions statewide. Their small staff is overwhelmed with a large amount of work. ~

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