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Avista Lowering Lake Spokane to Winter Level
Weather conditions require earlier start

Spokane, Wash., December 14// -- Avista Utilities is in the process of lowering Lake Spokane, the reservoir behind Long Lake Dam, to its normal winter level. Weather conditions have required an earlier start than usual.

The lake level will drop up to a foot a week until the first of the year when the pace will be accelerated to three to four feet a week. Lake Spokane is expected to reach its normal winter level of 14 feet below summer elevation by late January.

Property owners and lake-users are reminded to make any necessary preparations, including removing boats from the water and securing docks and boathouses for low-water conditions.

Water levels are subject to change due to a variety of factors, such as weather or equipment problems at the Long Lake dam. Lake users should always be alert to signs of such changes and exercise the highest level of personal caution and safety when using the waterways.

Updated reservoir level information is available by calling Avista's recorded Lake Information Line at (509) 495-8043.

Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 330,000 electric and 285,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista's non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.'s stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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Hugh Imhof




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