Well malfunction leads to contaminated water in Spokane Valley

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 6:45 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Trentwood residents were asked not to drink the water in that area because of a contaminated supply Tuesday.

A well near Progress and Rich malfunctioned Monday night, and pumped dirty water through the system.

The problem affected about 1,600 homes and businesses from Plante's Ferry Park east to Isenhart,  and from Bigelow Gulch Road south to the Spokane River.

Routine water samples taken Monday were satisfactory. Officials took two more samples Tuesday. The results of those tests are expected at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

While no illnesses have been reported, health officials recommend customers use bottled water or boiling tap water.

East Valley High School

The water contamination prompted school closures, as well. Students at East Valley High School, East Valley Middle School and Trentwood Elementary went home early because the schools do not have a viable water supply. Parents who were able began picking up their children immediately. Students using buses started to head home around 10 a.m. once the district could coordinate schedules and contact parents. School officials say they won't know about school Wednesday until later this afternoon.

Leaders said school will be open at all three locations Wednesday.

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