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UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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

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

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.


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Airway Heights water is still contaminated

The latest water quality tests show that the water in the Airway Heights water system is still contaminated, though it has improved.


Water resource investigations continue on Lewiston and the Palouse aquifers

Two water supply inquiries – one at Lewiston and the other on the Palouse – are starting to bring into focus the functioning of local aquifers and how any problems …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017

Hundreds bring fears of Airway Heights water contamination to meeting with Fairchild officials

Hundreds of people worried about the water they drink, bathe in and give to their animals packed the Medical Lake High School gym Tuesday night to demand answers.


National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume

The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017

Airway Heights expects to finish flushing contaminated water lines by Monday morning

City officials in Airway Heights expect to finish flushing water lines of contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base on Sunday night or Monday morning.


Airway Heights pumping out contaminated water that some say could be replaced by Fairchild supplies

City officials said Friday that levels of contaminants in the Airway Heights water system were more than 15 times the threshold established by the Environmental Protection Agency last year. Flushing …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

33 Airway Heights area restaurants asked to keep city water out of food and beverages

Restaurants west of Hayford Road in Airway Heights have been asked to not use contaminated water in food or beverages.


Citing potential water contamination, Department of Corrections issues recall for food manufactured at Airway Heights Corrections Center

The Washington Department of Corrections announced Thursday evening that it is voluntarily recalling food manufactured by the Airway Heights Corrections Center following reports of possible contamination in the Airway Heights …


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017

Airway Heights seeks more emergency water following well contamination discovery

The advisory not to drink the city’s tap water entered its third day Thursday as Airway Heights officials sought additional help from Spokane and private landowners pondered their legal options …


Idaho city officials examine legality of floating playground

A floating playground in an Idaho lake has city officials questioning its legality.


Oregon voters approve Portland schools bond, reject Coos County pipeline ban

Portland voters Tuesday approved the largest school bond in state history, which would raise taxes to address high levels of lead in drinking water at nearly every school and pay …


Oregon took months to fix lead problems at juvenile prisons

Oregon officials knew in July 2016 that tap water in juvenile prisons had excessive levels of lead but took eight months to test the entire system and shut down bad …


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017

Portland to vote on tax hike to fix lead in schools

Voters in Oregon’s largest city are poised to vote on the biggest school bond in state history after a scandal over high levels of lead in the water at almost …


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

Fairchild Air Force Base expands search for contaminated groundwater

Air Force officials have expanded their search for contaminated groundwater after testing found chemical runoff affecting neighbors of Fairchild Air Force Base.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017

EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water

Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …


Wet April helps Oregon snow stick around longer

Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon’s snowpack after several years of below-average levels.