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Kennewick Irrigation District dealing with an algae issue

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KENNEWICK, WA - All throughout Kennewick, canals near 45th and Washington Street are filled to the brim with algae.

Working hard to fight the growth is the Kennewick Irrigation District. The water they treat is the same that flows through all sorts of public water sorts, including your sprinklers and free-standing hoses.

"People don't always remember that irrigation is raw river water - from the Yakima River in the case of the Kennewick Irrigation District - and then it travels through canals for several days until then it goes into facilities that deliver it into your home," said Jason McShane, Engineering and Operations Manager with KID.

Every day, canals all over the City serve as irrigation points, where they are treated with copper products to reduce the algae before it is distributed... costing the district about $330,000 a year - but it still ends up in your backyard.

"It's important that we try to limit the amount of algae that goes into the pipelines that serve these homes to make people's sprinklers work better," McShane explained. 

You can find algae just like this all over the area. But in southeast Kennewick, the Kennewick Irrigation District is making sure this doesn't end up in your sprinklers.

The district also wants to remind you that because of the algae, their water is not safe for drinking and they even recommend not running through your sprinklers on a hot day.