Stories tagged: water
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:20 p.m.
Hundreds bring fears of Airway Heights water contamination to meeting with Fairchild officials
Hundreds of people worried about the water they drink, bathe in and give to their animals packed the Medical Lake High School gym Tuesday night to demand answers.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume
The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.
UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 7:08 p.m.
Airway Heights expects to finish flushing contaminated water lines by Monday morning
City officials in Airway Heights expect to finish flushing water lines of contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base on Sunday night or Monday morning.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
Airway Heights pumping out contaminated water that some say could be replaced by Fairchild supplies
City officials said Friday that levels of contaminants in the Airway Heights water system were more than 15 times the threshold established by the Environmental Protection Agency last year. Flushing …
UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
33 Airway Heights area restaurants asked to keep city water out of food and beverages
Restaurants west of Hayford Road in Airway Heights have been asked to not use contaminated water in food or beverages.
Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
Citing potential water contamination, Department of Corrections issues recall for food manufactured at Airway Heights Corrections Center
The Washington Department of Corrections announced Thursday evening that it is voluntarily recalling food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center following reports of possible contamination in the Airway Heights …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Airway Heights seeks more emergency water following well contamination discovery
The advisory not to drink the city’s tap water entered its third day Thursday as Airway Heights officials sought additional help from Spokane and private landowners pondered their legal options …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Idaho city officials examine legality of floating playground
A floating playground in an Idaho lake has city officials questioning its legality.
Tue., May 16, 2017, 9:54 p.m.
Oregon voters approve Portland schools bond, reject Coos County pipeline ban
Portland voters Tuesday approved the largest school bond in state history, which would raise taxes to address high levels of lead in drinking water at nearly every school and pay …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons
Oregon officials knew in July 2016 that tap water in juvenile prisons had excessive levels of lead but took eight months to test the entire system and shut down bad …
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 8:14 a.m.
Portland to vote on tax hike to fix lead in schools
Voters in Oregon’s largest city are poised to vote on the biggest school bond in state history after a scandal over high levels of lead in the water at almost …
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Fairchild Air Force Base expands search for contaminated groundwater
Air Force officials have expanded their search for contaminated groundwater after testing found chemical runoff affecting neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base.
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water
Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …
Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Wet April helps Oregon snow stick around longer
Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon’s snowpack after several years of below-average levels.
Sun., April 30, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Facing pressure, more schools scramble to confront dangers of lead in water
Nearly two years after a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, triggered renewed pressure for lead testing and remediation in schools across the country, many districts continue to stumble. And in …
Wed., April 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
Wisconsin Gov. Walker says he won’t remove sheriff over inmate’s dehydration death
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he won’t remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office over the death of an inmate who was denied water for seven days.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Gov. Brown says California drought emergency is over
Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday: The long California drought is over.
UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
Vermont radioactive waste water could be trucked to Idaho
Federal officials are considering approving a plan to truck 200,000 gallons of low-level radioactive waste water from a closed eastern U.S. nuclear power plant to Idaho.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Selling water: Coke, Pepsi look to make water rain money
As bottled water surges in popularity, Coke, Pepsi and other companies are using celebrity endorsements, stylish packaging and fancy filtration processes like “reverse osmosis” to sell people on expanding variations …
Wed., March 22, 2017, 7:46 a.m.
African governments urged to spend more on clean water
Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their …
UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Report: Washington growers should have plenty of water
If the weather cooperates this spring and early summer, there should be plentiful water for local growers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reports. In their March forecast, bureau officials estimate …
Tue., March 7, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
After hard winter, Oregon snowpack rebounds
The average statewide snowpack for Oregon is well above normal for March after a harsh winter that featured heavy snow across much of the state. However, hydrologists warn that an …
Tue., March 7, 2017, midnight
Past opinions offer perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Marines to Vietnam, March 9, 1965
UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:29 p.m.
Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February
A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
Flint residents must start paying for water they still can’t drink without a filter
Residents in Flint, Michigan, are about to start paying the full cost of their water again, even though what’s flowing from their taps has yet to be declared safe to …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 8:12 p.m.
Idaho dairy eyed after residents discover tainted water
State officials are investigating claims that a south-central Idaho dairy pumped manure into a canal, and tests are being conducted on water coming from faucets in nearby homes where residents …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people
Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 3:10 p.m.
Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis
“Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m.
Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried
Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper
Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.