Emergency cleanup crews continue to contain and recover diesel fuel from the Kootenai River and have taken additional steps to prevent it from flowing downstream beyond Bonners Ferry.

As a precaution it is recommended that county residents not use water directly from the Kootenai River until the conclusion of the cleanup operation.

BNSF is conducting water sampling under the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, who will be analyzing and monitoring water quality during the cleanup operation and recovery period.

Bonners Ferry municipal water supply, Cabinet Mountain water, and other public water services are not affected as they are not drawing water from the Kootenai River.

Boundary County residents who have concerns or questions about water quality can contact Panhandle Health District at (208) 415-5220.

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