Lincoln County residents find ways to deal with contaminated water

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The most contaminated well in Lincoln County may be the one Shoshone Fire Station 2 gets water from. That's also the place people can get clean water if they need it.

Starting Saturday the county started supplying water there from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People can pick up water bottles if they need them during that time.

"We were kind of hoping for a little more help either from the state or the federal level, but that hasn't made it here yet so we're just trying to do what we can to help local residents," said Nick Westendorf, a firefighter with the Shoshone Fire Department.

They also have water outside for livestock to drink. People in the area are worried about their animals drinking the water. KMVT talked to three people who have had their cattle abort calves in the last week. One person lost three on Friday alone.

But that's just one of the worries.

"Of course the dangers to everyone else, kids, it's pretty far reaching," Westendorf said.

A KMVT reporter knocked on doors in Lincoln County to talk to people about their water. Of the five to 10 people KMVT talked to only one had clean water. The rest were willing to talk about their contaminated water under the condition of anonymity.

One person told us that they spent $300 on water in the last week. Another said they moved their family to other parts of the state for the time being until the water cleared up. One person told us they knew of at least 20 wells that were contaminated.

Most of them talked about how difficult it was for them to be without usable water. One person we talked to called it simply an inconvenience.

Westendorf talked just about the water that was available and why the fire station and the county wanted to help the community with the water.

"It's had a great impact in this area, we really need some help," he said. "We need to have this stepped up a little bit more."

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