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Published July 03, 2013, 08:53 AM

Drinking water violations prevalent in North Dakota oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A state list of drinking water violations in North Dakota is dominated by crew camps, recreational vehicle parks and other water systems in the western oil patch.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A state list of drinking water violations in North Dakota is dominated by crew camps, recreational vehicle parks and other water systems in the western oil patch.

Health Department officials say most of the entities that had violations are now in compliance.

The Forum newspaper reports that the department documented 236 major violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2012. Williams and McKenzie counties had the most violations, largely for workforce housing, mobile home parks and RV parks that are housing oilfield workers and other new residents.

Health Department environmental scientist LeeAnn Tillotson says the list might look alarming, but she says water system officials want to comply with the rules and state health officials work with them to correct problems.

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