Stories tagged: wastewater
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Company uses wastewater and algae for biofuel, fertilizer
Clearas Water Recovery, a Missoula tech company, has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from being inundated …
Sun., April 16, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Idaho conservation group files complaint over waste pit at cheese plant
An Idaho conservation group has filed a complaint to several state agencies asking officials to inspect a wastewater pit used by a Nampa cheese-making plant.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 2:01 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene wastewater superintendent to retire
Coeur d’Alene’s longtime wastewater superintendent, Sid Fredrickson, is retiring after 30 years with the city.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 6:09 p.m.
Oklahoma, EPA shutter 32 wells in new earthquake-prone area
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake and a series of smaller aftershocks in Oklahoma led to the discovery of a new fault line and stoked fears among some scientists about activity along other …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Dakota oilfield wastewater spills release toxins, scientists say
Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.
Wed., April 20, 2016
Wastewater practices earn notice
Three Spokane businesses have been recognized for good stewardship by pretreating wastewater before sending into pipes to the city sewer plant.
Mon., April 4, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Health officials to study impact of wastewater on shellfish
The Washington Department of Health plans to study the impact wastewater has on shellfish in Grays Harbor.
Fri., Sept. 11, 2015
Reclaimed dump site to become Pride Prep sports field
The site of an old, forgotten landfill will soon be a school’s sports field, but only after the city of Spokane finishes burying and covering a 260,000-gallon stormwater tank . …
Sun., May 24, 2015
Sewer lines of contention
Sacheen Lake is a popular fishing and vacation spot in the summer. But longtime resident Perry Pearman says its beauty shines brightest in the quiet winter months. “It ices over, …
Tue., March 17, 2015
Spokane begins its construction ‘busy season’
Before you get angry that a section of Northwest Boulevard will be closed for an entire year, count to 10. Actually, count to 43, because that’s how many city of …
Thu., Feb. 12, 2015
Stormwater tanks prep work turns up landfill, fire waste
There’s an old landfill on East Sprague Avenue that used to be set on fire whenever its piles grew too high. After a massive fire ravaged downtown Spokane and destroyed …
Thu., July 31, 2014
Spokane City Council OKs $11.3 million for waste digester
Spokane’s secondary digester for sewage waste will soon have a No. 2. The City Council approved Monday $11.3 million for the construction of a new sewage digester to serve as …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012
‘Big-box stores underground’
The city of Spokane’s current strategy for reducing sewage flowing into the Spokane River centers on building huge underground tanks. Those tanks hold the storm water and sewage mixture that …
Sun., Sept. 11, 2011
Airway Heights to stop using Parkwest well
Airway Heights has agreed to stop using a well that has deprived residents outside the city of water they’re entitled to pump. An “agreed order” with the state Department of …
Tue., Dec. 21, 2010
Garbage, sewer bills to rise in ’11 in Spokane
Homeowners connected to Spokane’s sewer system will pay 17 percent more for service in 2011. The Spokane City Council voted 4-3 on Monday in favor of the new rate.
Tue., Nov. 3, 2009
Sewer rates may go up
Flushing your toilet in the city of Spokane may cost $5 a month more in 2010. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner on Monday presented her 2010 budget to the City Council. …
Sun., Aug. 16, 2009
Phosphate detergent ban seems to be working
The storyline of the near-ban on phosphorus in dish detergent in Spokane County has focused on scofflaws sneaking Cascade across the state line in a dogged attempt to keep their …
Tue., March 24, 2009
Bill takes on Pinecroft again
OLYMPIA – It doesn’t look like a battleground, but a Spokane Valley mobile home park is again at the heart of a state clash between environmental concerns and affordable housing. …
Thu., March 12, 2009
Construction to start on water-reuse plant
Airway Heights will put the shovel in the ground for a long-planned $42 million water reclamation plant in early April in a bid to reuse wastewater, recharge the community’s aquifer, …
Wed., Dec. 17, 2008
County sewer vote set for Jan. 6
The final decision on whether to build a $142 million sewage plant that would serve Spokane Valley and Spokane County is set for Jan. 6. County commissioners set the date …
Thu., July 24, 2008
Playfair proposal put on hold again
The Spokane City Council has declared a portion of the former Playfair horse track as surplus property and plans to put it on the market for business development by requesting …
Thu., July 17, 2008
Playfair proposal put on hold again
A City Hall proposal to declare a portion of the former Playfair horse track as surplus property and put it on the market for business development has been postponed for …
Thu., Aug. 9, 2007
Holding tank nears completion
A large underground holding tank designed to minimize the dumping of raw sewage and storm water into the Spokane River is getting its finishing touches at High Bridge Park just …