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Boil Water Order Lifted for City of Pullman

Residences and businesses on both Military and College Hills in the city of Pullman have been under a precautionary boil water order since midday, Tuesday, April 19 after an early morning water main break on North Grand Avenue between Stadium Way and Nye Streets drained two water tanks and spewed thousands of gallons of water at the site of the break.

Maintenance and Operations Superintendent Art Garro said that on Wednesday, April 20, after the empty tanks refilled, his department collected 12 samples from the Military Hill and College Hill water supplies and sent them for laboratory testing. The Washington State Department of Health recommended that a minimum of five samples be collected for this event.

The lab results of the sampling indicated that there is no water contamination. As a result, the boil water order has been lifted as of 1:20 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

Garro also advised that if residents or business owners have not run the taps since the break, there may be sediment in the pipes. Running water until it clears should be all that is necessary.

Information for business owners and operators.

Information for the general public.

Visit the City of Pullman website at www.pullman-wa.gov for additional information.

Fact sheet-Emergency water supply guidelines for food service establishments (restaurants, grocery stores, schools, convenience stores).



Formal agreement with EPA

Washington State has a formal agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for meeting the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which was passed in 1974 and amended in 1986 and 1996.

The SDWA includes water quality standards, sampling, treatment, and public notification requirements.

Generally, the SDWA applies to water systems with 15 or more connections, or those regularly serving 25 or more people daily, 60 or more days per year. Approximately 4,200 public water systems in Washington are subject to the SDWA.


State regulations require periodic

sanitary survey inspections


Sanitary surveys are periodic inspections of water system facilities, operations, and record keeping. The inspections identify conditions that may present a sanitary or public health risk.

Washington State regulations (WAC 246-290-416) call for a routine sanitary survey of all Group A public drinking water systems once every five years, except for community surface water systems, which are to be surveyed once every three years.


Consumer Confidence Reports

The Consumer Confidence Report was adopted as a state rule in June 2000.

This state regulation requires Group A community water systems to provide their customers with a report each year about the quality of water being served by the system.

Group A water systems serve 15 or more connections or 25 or more people.

The Consumer Confidence Report is required to be delivered to water system customers and the State Department of Health before July 1 of each year.

Certified Water Labs

 Anatek Labs                    

1282 Alturas Drive

Moscow, ID  83843


Anatek Labs Website



Directions from Pullman: As you come into town, the Moscow-Pullman Highway will become Third Street. When you reach the downtown area, turn right onto Jackson Street (THIS IS A ONE WAY STREET). Jackson veers to the left and after, you will continue straight onto the Troy Highway #8. You will be heading toward the eastern side of Moscow. There will be a street light. Take the first right AFTER the light into Alturas Technology Park. Anatek Labs, Inc. has a green roof. (Paradise Ford, Safeway and Eastside Marketplace are all nearby.)

Well Logs

A 'Well Log' is a Well Report and describes the location, ownership, construction details and lithology of a completed well. This web site enables you to search for wells which have well reports and to view the well report using a variety of search tools.



How to Disinfect Your Well

Click here for easy-to-follow instructions on effectively disinfecting a well that has tested positive for contaminates.



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