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Submitted Photo Former McKenzie County extension agent Calli Thorn takes a water sample in the summer from a pond in the county used by livestock.

As good as tap water? NDSU study says water quality after drought in western ND varies

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Depending on the location, the water that cattle drink in western North Dakota is “as good as the tap water in Fargo,” North Dakota State University Extension specialists said.

“Some of it was absolutely amazing,” said Carl Dahlen, an NDSU extension beef cattle specialist. “You couldn’t buy water that pure in a store. That’s interesting to see the variation out there.”

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