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Dave Lupo, Southwest Water treatment plant operator, shows off the soft lime solution on Friday at the plant in Dickinson that is added to water from Lake Sakakawea to treat the larger particles that are suspended in the water.

No water worries: Safeguards, contingency plans throughout Southwest Water system means repeat of W.Va. incident unlikely here

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Nine days ago, residents of West Virginia noticed something strange about their water — it smelled like liquorice. The smell was caused by 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, a chemical used to wash impurities off coal.


About 7,500 gallons of the chemical made it into the Elk River, the nine-county region’s source for drinking water, affecting 300,000 people.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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