water safety

Public Safety
5:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Water Boil Advisory Lifted For Thousands Of South King County Residents

Flickr Photo/Anthony D'Onofrio

UPDATE: 9/25/13, 5:10 p.m. PT

In a release today, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the boil water advisory for residents of southwest King County, specifically Des Moines and Normandy Park, saying, "Lab tests show the water now meets safe drinking water standards."

The statement also says that there have been no reported illnesses linked to the water system, which was found to have potentially harmful E. coli bacteria during a routine water quality test earlier this week.

Customers with questions about their water quality can call the water district at 206.878.7210.

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Impaired Boating
4:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tougher BUI Laws To Start On Sunday

Officer Sylvester is part of the Harbor Patrol Unit that patrols Lake Union, Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Starting Sunday, the consequences for drunk boating will increase substantially.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

On the weekends, a lot of boaters hit the water which means a lot of drinking off of dry land. But boating under the influence laws are about to get a lot tougher. This Sunday, a new state law will take effect that will make drunk boating as punishable as drunk driving.

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Summer Heat Wave
12:15 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Hidden Swimming Holes In King County

Flickr Photo/Ian Page-Echols

Temperatures are in the 80s this week and people everywhere are feeling the heat. Rob Casey is the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle, a local paddleboard school. He spends summer days hunting for the best swimming holes in the Seattle area. Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Casey about where to go to cool off.

Swim Safety
12:55 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

School Brings Back Swim Requirement After Pool Tragedy

Devon Christopher Adams Flickr

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 7:32 am

A tragedy in Wenatchee, Wash., is prompting educators there to bring back a high school aquatics program. Starting this fall, high school freshmen in the central Washington city will have to demonstrate they know how to swim.

Formal swimming lessons in Wenatchee had gone by the wayside, as is frequently the case lately in public schools. But the Wenatchee school board is now reversing course.

In November 2011, a freshman named Antonio Reyes drowned in the high school swimming pool.

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Water Safety
11:19 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Yes, It Feels Like Summer, But That River Is Dangerous

Flickr photo/Ingrid Taylar

Seattle has seen record temperatures this week and more warm weather is forecasted this week. All the heat is making getting in the water very tempting, but The National Weather Service warns, low water temperatures and swift currents could make it difficult and dangerous to swim. In this segment Ross Reynolds interviews Brent Bower, senior service hydrologist at the National Weather Service,  about how to stay safe in the water.