Stories tagged: water
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017
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 …
Wed., July 26, 2017
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 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
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
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.
Thu., July 6, 2017
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
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017
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.
Wed., June 28, 2017
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 …
Mon., June 26, 2017
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 …
Thu., June 22, 2017
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
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
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
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
The latest water quality tests show that the water in the Airway Heights water system is still contaminated, though it has improved.
Wed., May 24, 2017
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 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.
Tue., May 23, 2017
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
City officials in Airway Heights expect to finish flushing water lines of contaminants from Fairchild Air Force Base on Sunday night or Monday morning.
Sat., May 20, 2017
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
Restaurants west of Hayford Road in Airway Heights have been asked to not use contaminated water in food or beverages.
Thu., May 18, 2017
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
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 …
Wed., May 17, 2017
A floating playground in an Idaho lake has city officials questioning its legality.
Tue., May 16, 2017
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 …
Mon., May 15, 2017
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
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
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
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 …
Mon., May 1, 2017
Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon’s snowpack after several years of below-average levels.