Airway Heights residents adapt to using only bottled water

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich speaks with residents in Airway Heights impacted by the water contamination. (5-18-17 at 4p.m.)

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. – People in Airway Heights are still adapting to the fact they do not have clean tap water after Spokane officials found unhealthy levels of contaminants.

Thomas McCreary and his wife, Jocelyn, are some of those people. The couple said they threw away anything related to the tap water, including food. They even began to use bottled water in their garden.

“We use tap water in our garden in the back and we noticed that our tomatoes are not flourishing, but actually dying. The leaves are turning all brown,” said McCreary.

McCreary said he has been growing tomatoes for years and has never had this problem, even with cold weather conditions.

The McCrearys’ neighbor down the street is taking precautions of their own. Sophie Yaeger said she is especially concerned about her 2-month-old daughter.

“We’re waiting to wash her clothes until they say it’s okay for us to drink it just to be safe,” explained Yaeger.

The City of Airway Heights released a statement on Tuesday stating skin contact with the contaminated water is considered safe, but Yaeger said she is not taking any chances. Both neighbors worry about possible health impacts and said it took a minute to get used to the fact that you cannot use the tap water.

“It’s definitely scary to know that just drinking water to stay hydrated and be healthy is bad for you,” said Yaeger.

Airway Heights residents said the lack of clean water is inconvenient, but not impossible to survive. Neighbors said they are looking out for each other and making the best of a bad situation.  

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