Officials at the Crow Tribe Water Resource Department have placed a boil order for residents in Pryor after the Crow Tribe missed paying its power bill and electricity was shut off at the water plant.
Pumps at the plant lost power, which depressurized the waterlines, something that potentially can allow contaminants to seep into the water, according to the Crow Tribe Water Resource Department.
"The financial situation (with the tribe) is not as great as it's been in the past," said Tanner Black Eagle with the Crow Tribe Water Resource Department.
The Crow Tribe Water Resource Department, which receives its power from Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, has received past due and disconnect notices in the past when bills have outstripped tribal funds, Black Eagle said.
This is the second time Black Eagle is aware of the Pryor water plant losing power because of an overdue bill, he said.
However the problem has now been corrected. Waterlines have been re-pressurized and water is flowing at the correct pressure per square inch, Black Eagle said.
Typically, it's the Environmental Protection Agency that puts a boil order in place, Black Eagle said. However, the EPA wasn't involved Friday in issuing the boil order; it was the tribe that decided to make the call, he said.
Residents are advised not to drink their tap water but to boil it for three minutes before consumption. Showering in the water is considered safe.
"Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms," the news release stated. "These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems."
The water resource department has run what's known as bacteria analysis on the water. The test typically takes 24 hours to complete and identifies any bacteria contaminants that might show up in the water.
Because it's Friday the test results won't be back until Monday, Black Eagle said.
For more information, residents can contact the Crow Tribe Water Resources Department at 406-638-1017.
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