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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Idaho’s snowpack specialist retires after 29 years

Idaho’s retiring water specialist Ron Abramovich reflects on 29 years of snowpack.


Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards

The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Only 2 percent of Spokane water, trash customers pay bills on time. City officials hope to change that.

Spokane water customers now have twice as long to pay their utility bills after Spokane City Council increased the time people have to pay from 10 to 20 days.


Then and Now: Spokane Steam Laundry

The plentiful flow of the Spokane River gave the first settlers, S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing, the idea to build a simple sawmill as early as 1871. Another early settler, …


Startups can lead kids to water but it’s harder to make them drink

Most kids don’t drink enough water, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Public Health. But they’re so accustomed to sugary drinks that they find clear, unsweetened …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Cabinet chiefs and GOP lawmakers celebrated alongside farm and business leaders Tuesday as the Trump administration made good on one of its biggest promised environmental rollbacks, proposing to remove federal …


Study shows where the water is — and isn’t

Idaho’s latest study on the Lewiston Plateau deep aquifer is providing insight into where development may be sustainable, and where it may not be.


Lawsuit blames U.S. government for water contamination around Fairchild Air Force Base

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Fairchild Air Force Base officials used the fire retardant recklessly and failed to warn neighbors of its “inherently …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Flood victims get food and water; rain spreads to Northeast

Stranded by Florence’s epic floods days after the hurricane hit North Carolina, Wilmington residents lined up by the hundreds Tuesday for free food, water and tarps, while officials managed to …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018

How can we get uranium from seawater? One Idaho scientist has an idea: altered yarn

Chen Wai is president of LCW Supercritical Technologies, a company based in Moscow, which develops green technologies for environmental and materials research. Together with researchers at the Pacific Northwest National …


Indian Canyon golf course scheduled to reduce holes as golfers pay back loan to fix watering systems

The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. …