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City's water report says drink up

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The City of Spokane released its annual report on the quality of drinking water provided by the City’s department. As per usual, the City met or exceeded all federal and state drinking water standards in 2017.

The City’s Water Quality Report is available here. In addition to information on water quality and water conservation, the report provides an update on the City’s program to replace all remaining lead service connections in the City’s water system.

“The City is committed to providing safe, clean drinking water to our customers at an affordable price,” said 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 promotes reduction of outdoor irrigation water use and offers rebates on City utility bills for replacement turf with water-smart plants and mulch.

Since May 2016, the Water Department has replaced 441 lead service lines with copper pipes, and the remaining 45 lines will be replaced this summer. Homeowners with lead service lines have been contacted and are encouraged to follow up with the City.

The City of Spokane operates the third largest water system in the state of Washington.  Only Seattle and Tacoma have larger systems. Beneath our City streets is a network of water pipes that delivers water from the City’s wells to some 75,000 homes and businesses within the current water service area. The City maintains about 1,000 miles of water mains and smaller water lines.

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