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Leak damages Spokane County Courthouse offices

It may have been a hot and dry weekend in Spokane County, but inside, its historic courthouse offices were flooding. A poor pipe fitting dripped unchecked all weekend, said Spokane …


Sewer lines of contention

Sacheen Lake is a popular fishing and vacation spot in the summer. But longtime resident Perry Pearman says its beauty shines brightest in the quiet winter months. “It ices over, …


By 2050, warm winter could be normal for Northwest

Climate scientists are eager to study our unusual winter. By 2050, it could be the Northwest’s new normal.


Rising water demand has officials looking ahead

Clean drinking water has never been in short supply in the Spokane area. As the region grows in the coming decades, however, that may change. Water demand in the metro …


Liquid asset: Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer

On a corner lot in the center of Spokane Valley, Rupert Butler tends to his large lawn below one of Modern Electric Water Co.’s conspicuous water towers. His grass is …


Spokane gets grip on growth with water plan

The city of Spokane has found a way to block development at its borders, even if that growth takes place within the urban growth boundary. The shift in power from …


Spokane losing 20 percent of water deliveries

While Spokane city officials have ratcheted up efforts to “slow the flow” and conserve more water, the city is having trouble keeping its own supply from leaking away. The Spokane …


Boiling advisory lifted for Pasadena Park water customers

The state Department of Health has lifted the boil-water advisory for residents of Pasadena Park Water District 17, almost a week after it was issued because a routine sample showed …


Water boil order in effect for Pasadena Park residents

The state Department of Health has warned homeowners who get their water from Pasadena Park Water District 17 in Spokane Valley to boil their water after E. coli was detected …


Community gardens adjust for well concerns

Earlier this year it looked like two community gardens would have to be moved, because they are located too close to city wellheads and violate Washington State Department of Health …


Farmers may soon get surface water

Surface water may be as close as ever for some Columbia Basin farmers who have been watching their groundwater slip away. The state Department of Ecology has water rights in …


Cold water released at Dworshak early

LEWISTON – Pacific Northwest water managers are releasing a pulse of cold water from the Dworshak Reservoir earlier than usual in hopes of cooling water temperatures in the lower Snake …


Fernan Lake tested positive for blue-green algae; health advisory issued

A health advisory was issued Saturday for Fernan Lake, Idaho, where toxic blue-green algae was found present in the water.


High court mulls WSU water rights

OLYMPIA – Washington State University’s Palouse Ridge Golf Course needs lots of water to stay green in the dry summers – more water than some people think the university has …


Private wells aren’t able to keep up with increased demand

You don’t have to tell Val and Susan Taylor about the misery of running out of water. For 25 years, they hauled water to their home, flushed toilets sparingly, took …


Homeowners face water difficulties

Rural residents across northern Spokane County rely on well water to supply their homes, but dry wells and tainted water are common problems at many homes. Those living near public …


Spokane customers using more water under cheaper rates

In the summer and fall of 2011, Spokane City Hall phone lines were crammed with angry water customers. But that changed this summer and fall under new water rates installed …


Wise water usage this summer will be easier on wallet, aquifer

City of Spokane residents might want to pay attention to their water bills as they set up their irrigation systems for the year. As of Jan. 1, the method used …


Wise water usage this summer will be easier on wallet, aquifer

City of Spokane residents might want to pay attention to their water bills as they set up their irrigation systems for the year. As of Jan. 1, the method used …


A message and a warning

A group of American Indian women, inspired by an environmental prophesy, passed through Spokane on Earth Day on their 1,800-mile walk from the Pacific Ocean to Lake Superior. They were …


Do Your Part: Stop flushing money down the drain

Giving your bathroom a green mini-makeover can help reduce your monthly utility bills and you’ll also be saving a whole lot of water, one of our most precious natural resources. …


Sullivan Lake flows to allow development

Water releases from Sullivan Lake will allow for more residential development in northeast Washington and provide additional stream flows for fish, wildlife and recreation. The Washington Department of Ecology and …


Apartment dwellers can be eco-friendly too

So you’re a renter and you want to green your space, but your landlord won’t splurge on solar panels. Don’t fret. There are plenty of low-cost ways for apartment dwellers …


Council vote to quit flouride hurts Sandpoint’s youth most

If there is one word that pushes buttons for Sandpoint residents these days, it is fluoride. After years of debate, the Sandpoint City Council voted 4-2 last month to remove …


Water-saving devices may qualify for credit

Spokane residents who install automatic sprinkler systems with rain or soil moisture sensors may be eligible for up to $375 in credits on their water bills.


Mild winter raising fears about Wash. water supply

The mild winter in Washington is causing some worry for managers of the state’s water supply.


Teachers raise money for those without water

Recently, I visited a friend. “Can I get you something to drink?”


Colo. Gov.: Western water policies must change

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter says western states must work together on water issues if the region is to continue to grow.


Water tab merits a few lashes with a dry noodle

I was brought up to be exceedingly stingy with water. I was raised in the arid West, where a brown trickle of water was styled “the South Platte River.” Water …


Palouse Falls plunge revealed in video

He doesn’t even know how Palouse Falls is pronounced, yet Tyler Bradt, 22, is giving the Eastern Washington state park landmark a publicity blitz money can’t buy.