Marlene Feist, Public Works, (509) 625-6505
Monday, June 1, 2020 at 3:14 p.m.
The City of Spokane today is releasing its required annual report on the quality of drinking water provided by the City’s Water Department. For 2019, as in previous years, the City met or exceeded all federal and state drinking water standards.
“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. “We also are continuing to focus on water conservation efforts, reducing leaks in our system, and providing information to citizens on how to make water-wise choices.”
The City’s Water Quality Report for 2019 is available on the City’s web site. Citizens may request a mailed copy by calling the Water Department at 625-7800 and providing an address.
In addition to basic information about water quality, the annual Water Quality Report also highlights the City’s updated hydrant permit program that was adopted this year to enhance hydrant security, ensure use of necessary equipment to protect the City’s water supply, and appropriately account for water used. The City has 7,500 fire hydrants in its water system, and last year, it issued more than 200 permits for use of hydrants to fill water trucks and similar equipment.
The report also includes information from the City’s new draft Water Conservation Master Plan, which is focused on ways to reduce demand for water by the City’s customers.
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 more than 1,000 miles of water mains and smaller water lines.