• VFW post pays enormous water bill after community support

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    KING COUNTY, Wash. - UPDATE, MAY 21: The water bill was paid thanks to an especially successful fundraisers, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9430 said. 

    They raised more than $4,000 and paid the bill on Tuesday. Members also wanted to thank Skyway Water and Sewer for giving them extra time to deal with the issue -- and to thank the community for the support.

    ORIGINAL TEXT: A Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9430 that helps local veterans and others in the Skyway-West-Hill community is at risk of closing – all because of an enormous water bill received in the mail.

    The bill was $4,247 – about 7x their normal bill. And the VFW says the hefty price tag is all because of it is all because of two toilets that ran for 12 days undetected during the February snowstorm that hit western Washington.

    The bill is now putting the nonprofit at risk. The VFW says it’s worked with the Skyway Water and Sewer District to pay the bill through a payment plan, but it’s struggling to make ends meet. 

    If the district turns off the water, the non-profit will have to close its doors. 

    The post has planned a fundraiser for Saturday to help pay the bill, but if it doesn't get what it needs, there’s a possibility it could close to many veterans and community members who use it. 

    The VFW will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5pm on Saturday, May 18th at 7421 S 126th St, Seattle, WA 98178. The VFW said you can also make checks out to VFW 9430 with “water bill/ repairs” in the memo. 



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