State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.
Administrative Rules of Montana 37.111.832 Water supply system
(1) The department hereby adopts and incorporates by reference ARM Title 17, chapter 38, subchapters 1, 2 and 5, which set forth Standard for design, operation and maintenance of public water supplies; and circular #84-11, "Minimum Design Standard for Small Water Systems," published by the department of environmental quality, which sets construction, operation, and maintenance Standard for small water systems. Copies of ARM Title 17, chapter 38, subchapters 1, 2 and 5, and circular #84-11 may be obtained from the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Health Policy and Services Division, Food and Consumer Safety Section, 1400 Broadway, P.O. Box 202951, Helena, Montana 59620-2951. (2) In order to ensure an adequate and potable supply of water, a school must either:
- (a) connect to a water supply system meeting the requirements of Title 17, chapter 38, subchapters 1, 2 and 5 of the Administrative Rules of Montana; or
- (b) if the school is not utilized by more than 25 persons daily at least 60 days out of the calendar year, including staff and students, and an adequate public water supply system satisfying the requirements of ARM Title 17, chapter 38, subchapters 1, 2 and 5, is not accessible, utilize a non-public system whose construction and use meet the Standard set in circular #84-11 published by the department of environmental quality.
Montana Code Annotated 50.1.202 General powers and duties
(1) In order to carry out the purposes of the public health system to protect and promote the public health, the department, in collaboration with federal, state, and local partners, shall:
(p) adopt and enforce rules regarding:
(v) public health requirements for school sites, including water supply and quality, sewage and waste disposal, and any other matters pertinent to the health and physical well-being of pupils, teachers, and others.
Montana Code Annotated 50.1.206 Regulation of schools in matters of health
(1) The department shall adopt regulations prescribing the requirements for school sites, water supply, sewage and waste disposal, and any other matters pertinent to the health and physical well-being of the pupils, teachers, and others who frequent schools.
(2) The department shall furnish to the districts copies of such regulations.