AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. – It has been nearly 20 days since the people of Airway Heights have been able to drink their tap water.
City officials announced Friday the water was still unsafe and they planned to do another round of water samples early this week.
Military personnel with Fairchild Air Force Base had training exercises this weekend. So in the meantime, volunteers with Disaster Relief Services in Spokane County were there manning the operations until they return.
Duane Kraft, 82, and spent his Sunday lifting and loading gallons of water. He said he goes where help is needed.
"I was in church yesterday and they said they needed help and I thought I'd come," Kraft said.
Philip Keer, 16, decided to spend his time working alongside volunteers Kraft instead of sitting at home.
"It's been really cool to see people's smiles light up when you're giving them water," Keer said.
Volunteer Coordinator Leonard Westermeyer said some people have been really frustrated with the situation.
"People are fairly upset because they don't have their water and they have to take the extra step to come get it. But when we treat them with courtesy and generosity and they see that we are volunteers I think that helps to smooth the relationship," he said.
Airway Heights resident Charlotte Lawrence recently dropped off pizza for the volunteers, but said she wishes she could do more to thank them.
"I'm really glad they're still here. We really appreciate it. I know a lot of people don't think about it but they're giving up their time to help our community," she said.