Wednesday, April 14, 2010

State will help with WA. residents well woes

April 13, 2010- State help is on the way for rural Lower Yakima Valley residents dealing with long-standing contamination in private drinking water wells. The funding includes $400,000 to treat water from contaminated wells, such as filtration systems, and $100,000 to develop a local plan to improve water quality and reduce nitrate contamination.

The money comes from the state toxics control account, funded by a tax on petroleum products, pesticides and certain chemicals. The $100,000 appropriation is generally interpreted as help for Yakima County government to create a groundwater management area in the Lower Valley.


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