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Water Crisis: Airway Heights residents line up for fresh water

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday morning to get free bottles of water from the City of Airway Heights after being told they cannot drink their water. 

Around 8:00 A.M. the water supply was depleted and city officials had no other choice but to turns residents away. 

Officials said there should be another truckload on the way, they hope to have the next load available by late Wednesday morning. Two generous Spokane residents saw KXLY's  story and donated 20 cases.

The city said they will continue to hand out water until the contamination is resolved. They aren't asking for proof of residency, but hoping people are honest and can be conservative when picking up water bottles.

Airway Heights city officials and Fairchild officials told residents who live west of Hayford Rd to stop drinking their water on Tuesday. 

Officials say three city wells have been tested. Two came back contaminated with PFOS and PFOA chemicals. Citizens are told not to drink water.

The chemicals are non-regulated. EPA has created a health advisory about what would happen if you were exposed to chemicals.

Officials advise citizens not to drink water. Women, children, infants, and the elderly are the most vulnerable.