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Montana Cities Lift Water Restrictions

Recent rainfall and early conservation efforts have replenished water supplies in several Montana cities, leading officials to repeal restrictions on water use.

Helena, Bozeman and Billings have all lifted water-use restrictions for residents and businesses. The city of Polson is keeping irrigation restrictions in place, but was able to rescind its water emergency designation earlier this month.

Cities tightened water use rules earlier than normal this summer amid severe drought statewide and abnormally hot temperatures.

According to officials in Helena, Bozeman, Billings and Polson, those conservation efforts worked. The cities report they’ve avoided running out of water supply.

Shaylee began covering state government and politics for Montana Public Radio in August 2020. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, she graduated from the University of Montana’s journalism program and previously worked as a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and UM’s Legislative News Service. Please share tips, questions and concerns by emailing