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UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018

There’s a problem with the records on 12,000 Hanford wells, audit finds

Hanford needs to do a better job in recording the status of the site’s approximately 12,000 wells that are either decommissioned or in use, according to a new audit report …


Navy continues search for water contamination

The Navy is continuing to check wells around Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for contaminants in drinking water.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

New study shows high uranium levels in some wells in northeastern Washington

Wells in northeastern Washington frequently have high uranium concentrations, sometimes as much as 40 times the level considered safe for drinking water. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Water law changes trickle forward

Senate committee approves changes to water law that could allow more residential development in rural and suburban areas.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017

Idaho asks federal agency to run oil injection well program

Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Fairchild officials testing 100 more wells for firefighting chemicals

About 100 more wells near Fairchild Air Force Base will be tested for toxic firefighting chemicals, officials said Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Chemical concentrations near Fairchild reach nearly six times EPA recommendation

Toxic firefighting chemicals were found in drinking water north of Fairchild Air Force Base at concentrations of up to 409 parts per trillion, nearly six times the level that federal …


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: 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.


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.


Spokane County adopts emergency ordinance to address controversial Hirst water rights decision

In response to a controversial water rights decision by the state’s highest court, Spokane County has adopted an “interim emergency ordinance” that officials say will prevent a moratorium on building …


County braces for surge of building permits in wake of controversial water-rights ruling

The Spokane County Building and Planning Department may keep its doors open as late as necessary Wednesday to accomodate a surge of building permit applicants in the wake of a …


Sue Lani Madsen: Hirst Decision on well-drilling effectively blocks development throughout the state

The Washington Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision on well-drilling “effectively blocked development throughout the state,” Sue Lani Madsen says.


Idaho to require water use monitors on some wells

BOISE – Idaho officials are requiring well users pumping water from a large aquifer to install measuring devices to better monitor their water usage.


Spokane nonprofit prepares medical, well-drilling shipment for Guatemala

The group Water for Life has operated in Spokane County for more than a decade, digging 79 wells in Guatemala and delivering clean water and medical supplies to tens of …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 11, 2015

Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

More rural residents are hauling water because of the drought. Because of the growth in demand, Whitworth Water District No. 2 has received a state grant to relocate a water …


Study shows Eastern Wash. wells in deep trouble

A ground water mapping study that tracks how water trickles under Eastern Washington shows deep wells in four counties are in deep trouble.