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Boil water advisory issued for Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District

After finding E. coli in a water sample, the Liberty Lake Sewer & Water District 1 issued a boil water advisory Wednesday.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Ecology Department will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019

Easy Acres Mobile Home Village’s water is safe to drink; city to help clear pipes of any clogs

Water samples taken from the Easy Acres Mobile Home Village Thursday were free of E. coli, the city of Spokane says.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

One-third of the 300 residents affected by water contamination in Hillyard remain without clean water

The city of Spokane lifted its no-drink order in Hillyard Wednesday, but more than 100 residents of Easy Acres Mobile Home Village remained unable to drink tap water as of …

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

New Mexico sues U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination

New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

CDC to study chemical exposure at Fairchild Air Force Base, seven other military installations

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of eight U.S. military installations where federal scientists will study human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the toxic man-made chemicals that have contaminated …

2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number …

Same chemical detected in Fairchild water last year closes Tacoma water well

A Tacoma Water utility well has been shut down after chemicals commonly tied to firefighting foam showed up at a higher-than-acceptable level in a test at the site.

Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to ‘elevated levels’ of lead, copper

Less than a week before classes are scheduled to resume, Detroit’s city school district announced Wednesday that drinking water will be shut off for all its schools due to concerns …

Navy continues search for water contamination

The Navy is continuing to check wells around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for contaminants in drinking water.

UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Washington bans firefighting chemicals that may cause cancer

Fire-fighting foam with a chemical thought to cause cancer and other health problems will be banned for local fire departments and districts in Washington.

Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires

Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for firefighters starting in 2020.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

City sues firefighter foam makers over water contamination

A Massachusetts city is suing the makers of firefighting foam blamed for water contamination.

UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Residents in Airway Heights feeling water constraints after chemical contamination from Fairchild Air Force Base

The thought on everyone’s mind behind the Yoke’s grocery store in Airway Heights Wednesday morning was, “Where’s the water?”

UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Airway Heights residents warned not to drink tap water amid chemical contamination findings from Fairchild AFB

Airway Heights officials are advising residents not to drink or cook with water from city pipes, as it is likely contaminated with chemical runoff from Fairchild Air Force Base.

U.S. does about-face on Camp Lejeune’s tap water

Nearly 12 years ago, a federal report told Marines and their families that adults faced little or no increased cancer risk from drinking and bathing in chemical-tainted water at North …