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Williston Mayor Ward Koeser, left, and Williston Public Works Director Monte Meiers ask the public to limit water use during a news conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The dark bottle of water Meiers is holding is the water being treated in Williston currently. The middle bottle is what the untreated water usually looks like. The bottle on the right is treated water.

Williston area residents face water restrictions as officials declare emergency


WILLISTON -- Officials here declared a water emergency Tuesday and asked residents of Williams and McKenzie counties to limit water use to essential needs only.

The Williston Regional Water Treatment Plant is operating at a reduced capacity due to the spring rise in the Yellowstone River and heavy rainfall that has increased sediment levels in the Missouri River to historic levels, Mayor Ward Koeser said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.