Water supply for St. Mary's Glacier area residents shut down after wells reach low levels

There's a new gathering spot for locals in the St. Mary's Glacier area -- a 21st-century version of the watering hole, with large plastic tanks filled with usable water.

Four water wells, operated by the St. Mary's Glacier Water & Sanitation District, emptied to "dangerously low" levels, and the water supply for residents was shut down Friday, said Jan Wood, a member of the district's water board.

Since the shutdown, residents have been streaming to a temporary water supply consisting of multiple large plastic containers with taps, set on a flatbed trailer in a parking lot behind the Silver Lake Condominiums.

The water-supply station is a busy place, as residents pull up in vehicles and fill all sorts of containers.

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