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Airway Heights seeks State funds for water

Post Date:03/30/2021 4:27 PM


Albert Tripp
Airway Heights City Manger

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (March 30, 2021) – The City of Airway Heights is working with state officials to secure funding to replace water source contaminated by PFOA/PFOS.

During the past 3 years, the city has been working to ensure the health and safety of its citizens by addressing recent impacts to the city’s domestic water supply.

In May 2017, the city’s domestic water supply was found to be impacted by PFOS and PFOA chemicals, ingredients found in fire-extinguishing foam and other materials. The chemicals seeped into groundwater from a fire-training site on the eastern edge of Fairchild Air Force Base.

Airway Heights recently completed an analysis of alternatives for a long-term water solution. The analysis points to development of a new well outside of the contaminated aquifer. The development of a water source in an uncontaminated aquifer provides the most sustainable solution for providing safe and reliable drinking water to our customers. We are working with state and federal officials to secure funding to complete the project so that local investments can be made into a safe, long-term, clean, and sustainable water solution. The City is seeking $22 million from the state and federal government to develop the new well. To date, $16 million has been placed in the Washington Capital budget for the project.

After years of fighting for a fix, we stand hopeful for the recognition of our need while remaining ready to deliver a safe, long-term, clean, and sustainable water solution for our residents and businesses,” said Sonny Weathers, Airway Heights Mayor.

To date, the city has paid $4 million on a temporary solution. Each year without a replacement water source cost $1.3 million. Based upon work done by the city and state representatives $16 million has been placed in the State Capital budget for the project.
As the State Legislators continue to develop the capital budget, it is critical they hear from the community how important it is to keep $16 million in the budget for the replacement water source. The City is urging community members to contact State Senators to share how important it is to keep clean water in the budget.

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