Spokane, Wash., Experiences Water Quality Issue

Sept. 27, 2017
Residents to refrain from drinking city water

Spokane, Wash., confirmed reports of a water quality issue on the South Hill. City officials urged residents not to panic, but to refrain from drinking city water.

The Spokane water manager said a homeowner noticed his or her water did not smell right and had a slight discoloration. City spokesperson Marlene Feist released a statement saying the water quality concerns are primarily west and south of Ferris High School. "Water quality experts are on scene and crews are flushing lines to look for broken pipes that could be the source of the issue," said Feist. 

Feist mentioned intermittent water outages are possible as crews seek to isolate the problem. Spokane water manager told KREM 2 between 50 and 250 people could be affected with water outages throughout the night. Officials also mentioned the water could affect students at Ferris High School. Fifteen crews are spread across the South Hill area trying to figure out the root of the problem. 

"If citizens have discolored water or other concerns about their water, they should refrain from drinking it," Feist said.