Activist Erin Brockovich raises concerns over Hillyard water contamination
SPOKANE, Wash. — Activist Erin Brockovich expressed her concerns over the Hillyard water contamination in a Facebook post on Saturday.
Brockovich, a legal clerk and environmental activist known for her investigation into the Pacific Gas and Energy Company, believes there is more to the story.
People in part of the Hillyard neighborhood have been told to avoid drinking their tap water until the city can fully flush the system.
The city said a commercial hydroseed vehicle that used water from city fire hydrants appears to have allowed some contamination to backflow into the city’s system when filling the water.
The incident happened on Friday and affected residents were told it could take up to a week before their water is back to normal.
Brockovich raised questions over the city’s handling of the contamination. Her post reads:
” There is more to this story… I don’t buy it.
What is the contaminant? The truth about what really happened will go along way? Or are they just speculating? What is the quantity? How do they know it is a back-flow? Why will it take 7-days to flush the system… this should take no more that 24 hours? Where are they flushing the contamination, into the watershed?
The consumers deserve so much more information… ”
Brockovich was instrumental in the 1993 PG&E case. Her investigation found the company had been dumping tainted water into the town of Hinkley, California’s water for over 30 years. People’s health suffered as a result of the tainted water, and the company was forced to pay over $333 million in damages to the town’s residents. In 2000, Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Brockovich in the popular movie about the case.
So far, no illness related to the contamination in Hillyard have been reported. City officials said the issue was reported to the Washington State Department of Health.
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