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Ongoing Latah Creek cleanup efforts receive $1.75 million boost from state

Latah Creek’s pollution is due largely to agricultural runoff and soil erosion along its 60 miles stretching from west of Spokane down into north central Idaho. The Washington Ecology Department …


Ask Dr. Universe: Why does soap become bubbly?

When you wash your hands with soap and water, a few different things happen to make bubbles. Just like you, water and soap are made up of parts called molecules. …


UPDATED: Wed., June 24, 2020

Maker of Roundup agrees to pay $648 million to settle lawsuits from Spokane, other cities over water pollution

Bayer AG, which acquired the company Monsanto in 2018, announced it was resolving several lawsuits filed nationwide, including Spokane’s lawsuit alleging ongoing contamination of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.


State regulators delay final decision on pollutants in Spokane River, citing ongoing legal battles

Washington state regulators say they can’t move forward with plans to set final limits for a carcinogenic pollutant because of a federal dispute with the Trump administration over what is …


UPDATED: Fri., June 19, 2020

Spokane County extends grace on late sewer late fee until end of August

Those who receive sewer and solid waste services from Spokane County will not be charged late fees, interest or other penalties until September after commissioners approved a three-month suspension.


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

Spokane seeks input on water conservation plan that some call ‘first step,’ others call inadequate

A combination of rebates and economic incentives could reduce water use in the city by up to 5% through 2030. But the plan doesn’t include greater regulatory steps, like increased …


UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Virus spread feared where water is scarce around the world

For people around the world who are affected by war and poverty, the simple act of washing their hands is a luxury


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Washington DOC sues federal government over chemicals that tainted food from Airway Heights prison

It’s the latest in a wave of lawsuits against the United States and manufacturers of aqueous film-forming foam, a toxic fire retardant that was used at Fairchild Air Force and …


Pinecroft Mobile Home Park approved for new water system

Residents of Pinecroft Mobile Home Park have been drinking bottled or boiled water since July of last year, but the park just started building a new water system, which park …


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Report: Healthy water supply available for irrigation season in Yakima Basin

A report has shown that the Yakima Basin water reservoir is about 102% of normal for this time of year, meaning farmers and fish in Washington state are expected to …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Spokane lawmakers put on hold proposal to forgive unpaid utility bills totaling $450,000

Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

What’s in a dam? National report cites high hazards near Spokane, but none are threatening life, property

State officials say a recent national investigation on the status of one portion of the nation’s crumbling infrastructure – dams – should be a wake-up call to the region about …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Liberty Lake water contamination will likely require a week of boiling drinking water

Liberty Lake residents likely will have to boil their water for another week as officials continue to investigate the source of E. coli contamination in the city’s water.


Spokane looks to shore up hydrant safety rules after E. coli contamination last summer

The city’s Water Department requires those interested in temporarily drawing water from municipal fire hydrants to obtain a permit. But the City Council is considering whether to ask for additional …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Second day of school delayed in Liberty district in south Spokane County

The Liberty School District announced a two-hour delay for classes Friday as a result of a “water outage.”


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

No-contact advisory issued for Moses Lake water after sewage spill, blue-green algae advisory

The advisory does not affect drinking water and sewer services were not affected. The advisory is in effect through Thursday, Sept. 5.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Possible E. coli contamination keeps Marshall residents without safe water

While a new pump began sending water into houses on Thursday, according to Jim Brown, president of the Marshall Community Water Association, the private purveyor of the town’s water, it …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Town of Marshall’s water supply cut off due to possible broken pump

Residents of the 70-person town of Marshall, located between Spokane and Cheney, ran out of water on Wednesday evening likely due to a faulty pump.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Ecology Department warns of possible water restrictions in parched Little Spokane River Basin

Water users in the Little Spokane River Basin may have to curb their consumption if water levels dip much lower, the state Department of Ecology has warned. The agency said …


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: Wed., July 31, 2019

City lifts water restrictions in Hillyard, files incident report with police after cleaning system of debris, E. coli bacteria

The announcement comes five days after the discovery of contaminated municipal water supplies. The city suspects a commercial hydroseeder may have caused the contamination while hooked up to a hydrant. …


E. coli found in some contaminated Hillyard water this weekend

The testing of water samples in southeast Hillyard found no chemical contamination in water apparently contaminated with hydroseed, but three positive E. coli-contaminated sample spots did come back on Saturday. …


Spokane replacing residential water meters in effort to restore safe drinking water to portion of Hillyard

The City of Spokane is replacing residential water meters in Hillyard, after residents found their water tainted over the weekend.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

‘I have no water at all’: Residents do their best to get by with bottled water after Hillyard water tainted

City water department workers stationed at the U.S. Post Office on North Freya Street had given out about 19,200 bottles as of Saturday afternoon.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

Water in part of Hillyard may be contaminated for up to a week, city says

A commercial hydroseed vehicle, which has a tank containing a mixture of seed, mulch and water, may have allowed a backflow into the city’s water system when filling from a …


Shawn Vestal: If you think lawn care stinks, Spokane has a program for you

Even if you like your lawn – even if yours is a cool, plush carpet to which you relish devoting unreasonable amounts of time, money and natural resources – it …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Airway Heights calls off water shortage alert after Spokane crews quickly re-establish connection during road work

A Facebook post on Friday alerted Airway Heights residents they may need to conserve water after one of two water connections with Spokane was interrupted due to road work. Airway …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

EPA says it will revert to looser standard on PCBs in Spokane River, other Washington waterways

The notice comes a month after the agency said it posted in error a request for comments on a change to allowable limits for polychlorinated biphenyls, a known carcinogen that …


Plague of frogs: Five Mile property owners say stormwater pond is ruining their neighborhood

City documents indicate a local homeowners association is responsible for keeping up the single-acre stormwater feature behind Lori and Bill Moore’s home on Panorama Drive. But enforcement is lagging, and …