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Improved hygiene during pandemic might be to blame for muckier wastewater coming out of Liberty Lake plant

The antibacterial soaps and bleach that people are using to sanitize themselves and their homes may be killing the bugs that are needed to treat sewage at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, officials say. There’s no imminent threat to river health, but it’s a strange wrinkle to public health as residents do their part to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Spokane County suspends late fees for 3 months

Spokane County is suspending late fees, penalties or interest on unpaid charges on unpaid sewer and solid waste bills until the end of May to give relief to those facing financial hardship from closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former wastewater director: Spokane’s nearly $200 million sewer overflow tanks not big enough

Dale Arnold, who served as the wastewater director under Mayor Mary Verner and supported a more expensive plan to reduce pollutants in the Spokane River, said the new regime at City Hall has an opportunity to push for more necessary clean-up. A multimillion dollar project, the largest infrastructure investment in the city’s history, is expected to finish this year when the last tank designed to trap stormwater and sewer runoff becomes operational downtown.

City sewer fee case goes to Idaho’s highest court

Cities across Idaho are closely watching a lawsuit that seeks refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there.

Spokane considers burning sewer sludge after outcry over fertilizer use

A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant at the Waste-to-Energy facility on the West Plains. The material had been used as fertilizer on area farms, but concerns have sprouted about harmful chemicals in the sludge seeping into the water table.