Meeting discussing impact of flooding on Augusta’s drinking water set for tonight

State and local health and water-quality experts will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the gymnasium of the Augusta School.

The purpose of the meeting is to describe how flooding has impacted drinking water in Augusta and how residents can test and treat well water to make sure it’s safe to use.

Anyone in Augusta who has had a private well tested in the past week is encouraged to bring the results to the meeting for evaluation by the experts.

Lewis and Clark Public Health strongly recommends that residents use bottled water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, and making baby formula, unless they’re confident their well water is safe.

Residents also can disinfect their well water by allowing it to boil for 5 minutes.