Burbank, WA- The Washington Health Department has recognized the Port of Walla Walla for its new water filtration system.
Federal grants helped build the three-and-a-half million dollar system at the Burbank Business Park.
Burbank's schools have also tapped into the system, so the students are no longer exposed to nitrate-contaminated wells.
Nitrates, which can come from farm and lawn fertilizers, can cause serious illness and even death in children. Nitrates cannot be detected by taste, so state director for the Office of Drinking Water, Denise Clifford, says that's why it's important for people using well water to test their wells regularly.
"The Port of Walla Walla has done a lot the make sure the water is sampled," Clifford says. "They have proper storage, they can reliably deliver it to the community, and that they do ongoing water quality monitoring to make sure it meets all the standards."
The port plans to expand the system in the future and provide a better water source for homeowners of the Columbia View Water System in Burbank