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U.S., Mexico reach deal to conserve Colorado River water

The United States and Mexico unveiled an agreement Wednesday to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River, including spending millions of dollars on conservation and environmental projects and drawing up plans to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

City officials don’t know what caused water on Spokane’s South Hill to smell bad

City officials don’t know what exactly made the water dirty and smelly for some residents on Spokane’s South Hill on Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 11:12 p.m.

City determines cause of Tuesday’s dirty drinking water on South Hill

A water main that had been left uncharged for several weeks left some residents on the South Hill with smelly, dirty water for more than an hour on Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Aid begins to flow to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, welcomed by local officials who praised the Trump administration’s response but called for the emergency loosening of rules …


Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:04 p.m.

Sen. Cantwell secures additional funds for Fairchild cleanup

A provision to the Department of Defense’s future budget could see more funds flow to local communities whose water supplies have been affected by contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base.


Expert declares qualified end to water crisis in Flint

An expert who two years ago warned about dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has declared a qualified end to the crisis.


Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.


Idaho court ruling could force Pocatello to refund millions

The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.


Keillor: When a red state gets the blues

If you chose to live in a tree and the branch your hammock was attached to fell down, you wouldn’t ask for a government subsidy to hang your hammock in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

Brewery shipping water instead of beer for Harvey relief

An Anheuser-Busch brewery in Georgia is shipping canned drinking water to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 8:24 p.m.

Kalispel paddle the Pend Oreille in dugout canoes, embracing historic ties to the waterway

For the first time in about a century, members of the Kalispel Tribe made a 51-mile journey in a traditional-style dugout canoe from City Beach Park in Sandpoint downstream to …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 4 p.m.

Activists protest Rio water, filthy despite Olympic promises

Environmental activists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on Saturday to protest pollution in the city’s waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.


Fairchild runoff could spur lawsuits

More than a few residents of the area surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base suspect their chronic health problems can be attributed to chemical runoff from the base’s firefighting operations. But …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …


UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

Utility rate increase of 2.9 percent through 2020 gets hearing before Spokane City Council on Monday

The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied …


UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

More wells near Fairchild test positive for firefighting chemicals – north of the base

Forty more wells north of Fairchild Air Force Base have tested positive for toxic firefighting chemicals, with 21 exceeding the level that federal regulators believe is safe, base officials said …


Lawmakers need firm water-well deal

Senate Republicans have a point: The Legislature needs to solve this problem now, because it will be too easy for urban-centric lawmakers to ignore it in the future.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 6:39 p.m.

Spokane mayor proposes increase in utility rates through 2020

Spokane residents will see a 2.9 percent increase in utility rates next year, the fifth year of inflation-tied bumps


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Airway Heights water contamination spurs talks for West Plains water deals

The City of Spokane is looking at ways to update its existing water agreement with Airway Heights and possibly adding Medical Lake to its list of customers. Contamination identified in …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Search for contaminated water expands north of Fairchild Air Force Base

The search for contaminated water has expanded north of Fairchild Air Force Base after four wells in the area showed elevated levels of toxic firefighting chemicals.


Potato acreage down 25 percent since 2005

A Washington State University study has found a 25 percent decline in potato acreage in a significant portion of land atop the Odessa Aquifer between 2005 and 2015, due primarily …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse bill would override court decision to keep dams

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

$30 million class action claims Spokane overcharged out-of-city water customers

A $30 million class-action lawsuit filed Thursday claims the city of Spokane has for years overcharged thousands of water customers who live outside city limits.


Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …


Crucial first rulings on California’s giant water tunnels

Federal wildlife officials say they’re set to issue the crucial first rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer California’s water system with the $16 billion construction of giant …


City of Missoula takes ownership of water utility

The city of Missoula has taken ownership of the water utility that serves its residents after a three-year court battle.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Michigan health director, 4 others charged with involuntary manslaughter over tainted Flint water

Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Spokane making progress on water metering, but some losses still unexplained

The city of Spokane says it met all state and federal standards for the quality of its drinking water in 2016, although leaky pipes and metering remain a problem.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Airway Heights tap water still contaminated

Tap water in Airway Heights still contains levels of firefighting chemicals above federal recommendations, a third round of testing has shown.