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Social Media to the Rescue During LLSWD Boil Order

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The situation highlighted the power of social media. LLSWD said that normal flow is about 800,00 gallons, however, when a call to action was issued on its Facebook page for users to flush cold water into their tubs, flow increased to 1.6 million gallons.

Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District believe last week’s contamination was likely caused by one of three things:

  1. A cross-connection with one of the commercial customers
  2. Inadequate backflow control during sprinkler blowouts
  3. An illicit connection to a fire hydrant

Liberty Lake runs an unchlorinated water system. One option for fixing the contamination would have been to chlorinate the system and wait 48 hours. The city and its customers have expressed wanting to retain an unchlorinated system.

Because of this, all the water had to be flushed out of the system, sit for 24 hours and then take a sample to test. If that passes, another test is taken 24 hours later, and if that passes the system is clear.

The second contamination was total coliform, which is environmentally based, as opposed to fecal coliform. Coliform requires flushing and testing, not a boil order. Four rounds of clear testing were performed and nothing was found leading LLSWD to believe the initial reading was a false positive.

Liberty Lake City Council – December 3, 2019 Meeting / Public Hearing

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Early in life when teachers would ask "what do you want to do when you grow up?" James Edwards would answer, "I want to be on SportsCenter". As time went on he ended up going down another path, choosing his love of mathematics to become an engineer. James attended Eastern Washington University where he played 4 years of club baseball. He has worked as an engineer and project manager and earned an MBA from Gonzaga University. Sports and writing have remained a passion of his as he has hosted a blog dedicated to local sports teams and fantasy baseball. James is a local resident of Liberty Lake with his wife, Brittney, and daughter, Blaire. They are expecting another child in early 2020. James is also a certified FAA Part 107 drone pilot and enjoys flying his drone to capture photos from an aerial perspective.

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