City lifts restrictions for Hillyard residents affected by water contamination

SPOKANE, Wash. - Restrictions were lifted Wednesday for those living in a part of the Hillyard neighborhood affected by contaminated water. 

Residents living south of Crown, north of Wellesley, east of Freya and west of Havana were notified of the contaminated water on Friday. Since then, the city has been working to 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 with water. 

When the city first notified residents, they said the advisory could have been in place for up to a week. The city said the advisory could stay in effect for up to seven days while flushing takes place. During the advisory, the city provided free bottled water to those affected. 

No illnesses related to the possible contamination have been reported. City officials said the issue had been reported the issue to the Washington State Department of Health.