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Testing finds more elevated lead levels at Oregon university

Oregon Health & Science University has shut three more drinking fountains due to high lead levels.


Some Portland schools find elevated radon levels

Portland Public Schools says it has received results showing elevated levels of radon in rooms throughout the district.


Portland parents decry officials over lead at two schools

Parents sometimes shouted as they criticized officials over high amounts of lead in drinking water at two Portland schools, while the head of the district promised an independent investigation into …


Scientists: Flint water quality safe for bathing, showering

Municipal water in Flint, Michigan, has improved significantly and is safe for bathing and showering, although people should continue filtering the water before drinking it, scientists said Tuesday.


Inslee asked to increase water for Spokane River

Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summertime flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the …


Chelan County water managers make play for alpine lakes

Seven spectacular high-country lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness for decades have helped irrigate hundreds of acres of pear, apple and cherry orchards in the Wenatchee Valley and supplied water …


High levels of lead, iron found in water in SFCC building

Very high concentrations of lead and iron have been found in the water supply of a building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus, prompting officials to shut off the …


Raising Arrowrock Dam on Boise River fails federal feasibility study

Hopes of Idaho officials to increase the height of a Boise River dam to double water storage and also create enough space to handle a 500-year flood ran aground after …


Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana

A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …


Tacoma water is safe to drink, utility says

Tacoma’s water is safe to drink, city utility officials say. The declaration from Tacoma Public Utilities came Wednesday, after weeks of testing the water of a dozen Tacoma homes thought …


Senate approves $37.5B measure to fund energy, water

The Senate has approved a nearly $38 billion measure to fund energy and water programs for next year. It’s the first of 12 spending bills lawmakers must approve to keep …


Idaho stream flows peak after record snowpack melt

Stream flows are peaking early after a record amount of Idaho’s snowpack melted in April. Hydrologist Phil Morrisey said warm temperatures and dry weather are responsible for melting the snowpack.


Obama tells Flint residents, ‘I’ve got your back’

President Barack Obama brought a message Wednesday to residents of Flint, Michigan – a promise for change after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water.


Boiling water may have carved mysterious streaks on Mars, study finds

Those mysterious dark lines that grow and fade on some of the Red Planet’s slopes might not have all been caused by water flowing on the surface, but violently boiling …


Testing at Tacoma schools shows improvements in lead levels

Officials say further testing at three Tacoma elementary schools that previously had high levels of lead in their drinking water indicates the water is now safe to drink.


Michigan governor to discuss Flint water crisis with Obama

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will greet President Barack Obama at a Flint airport and talk to him about efforts to solve the city’s drinking water mess.


Six more Tacoma schools with lead in water, tests show

Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.


U.S. urges Illinois city to give customers bottled water

Federal regulators are recommending that an Illinois city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.


High levels of lead found in water at 4 more Tacoma schools

Tacoma Public Schools says tests performed last May found high levels of lead in the drinking water at four additional schools.


Old tests found lead in 2 Tacoma elementary schools

Two public elementary schools in Tacoma found high levels of lead in their drinking water last May, but the Tacoma Public School district announced the results and informed parents on …


WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient

Washington State University researchers are seeking new ways to increase efficiency of water use in agriculture.


Seattle test results show water is safe to drink, utility says

Officials with Seattle Public Utilities say testing at several homes has determined that the water is safe to drink following concerns over high lead levels.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

What if all of us were less reflexive in using race as our prism, just because it’s handy?


High levels of lead found in samples at 4 Tacoma homes

Tacoma Water officials say testing has revealed high levels of lead at water lines leading to four homes and that about 1,700 customers may be affected.


Three employees charged in Flint water crisis

A judge in Flint, Mich., authorized charges Wednesday against three officials involved in the Flint water crisis, the first time criminal charges have been brought against government officials in the …


Amid California drought, tony community threatens fines over dry lawns

A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California’s continuing drought emergency.


‘Youth Water Summit’ focuses high school minds on water problems

Anyone who regularly cleans a fish tank will like this idea. Three juniors at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene are running an experiment in Jamie Elser’s environmental science …


Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

A federal review says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect drinking-water reserves from oilfield contamination.


Racketeering suit filed against Snyder in Flint water crisis

Hundreds of residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a racketeering lawsuit targeting Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and local officials over lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.


Lock at University of Idaho water tank broken

A University of Idaho water tank was shut down Monday after personnel discovered its lock was broken, and officials say they are unsure if there is any connection to three …