City meets drinking water standards in annual report

City meets drinking water standards in annual report

The City of Spokane’s 2017 report on drinking water quality showed that the city met or exceeded all federal and state drinking water standards.

The annual report was released Monday by the City’s Water Department.

“The City is committed to providing safe, clean drinking water to our customers at an affordable price,” says Scott Simmons, the City’s Division Director for Public Works & Utilities. “This year, we also are expanding our work in the area of water conservation. A new program, called SpokaneScape, offers rebates on City utility bills for replacement turf with water-smart plants and mulch. That program complements work to use less water at City-owned properties and reduce water loss throughout our system.”

In addition to giving information on water quality and conservation, the report provides an update to the City’s program to replace all remaining lead service connections in the water system. Lead service lines were installed in the early to mid-1940s.

Since May 2016, the department has replaced 441 lead service lines with copper pipes, and the remaining 45 lines will be replaced this summer.

You can find more information on the replacements here, and the full report here.