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One for the history books: Missoula will buy its water system

February 28, 2017View for printing

In an historic vote Monday night, the Missoula City Council unanimously approved the purchase of Mountain Water Co., forever ensuring the city's "access to clean, affordable and reliable water."

"This is a big deal tonight, it's a big deal tomorrow, it is a big deal for many, many years to come for all Missoulians," said Mayor John Engen, who since 2011 has led the effort to pursue condemnation proceedings against the privately owned water utility.

Throughout the recent effort, and decades of unsuccessful attempts by previous mayors and councils, the goal has been to place Missoula's drinking water system into public ownership.

That now could happen by the end of March.

By Sherry Devlin/Missoula Current

Full Story: http://www.missoulacurrent.com/busin ... ty-council/
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