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Yakima County commissioners extend agreement

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) approved an amendment that extends its agreement with the Yakima Health District for the purpose of working with the Yakima County Groundwater Advisory Committee.

The health district has been in the process of collecting data from residents with drinking wells. That data is being collected for the purpose of determining where high levels of nitrates in groundwater can be found. The health district has also been in the process of educating Yakima County residents with high levels of nitrates about proper filtration systems and steps that can be used to reduce nitrate levels.

“The only terms of the agreement that changed was the end date,” said Commissioner Rand Elliott.

The contract between the county and the health district was due to expire March 31. The amendment, approved by a 3-0 vote, extends the contract to May 31.

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