WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Area Crime Watch announced plans to buy a soda blaster for removing graffiti will move forward after the organization received two large donations.
Officer Tim Bennett, spokesman for the Walla Walla Police Department, issued a news release this morning stating the soda blaster could be up and running within three months.
Bennett said interest in the soda blasting system developed this summer after former Walla Walla police Officer Kelly Parsons demonstrated a soda blasting system he operates for the Hermiston Police Department.
The system is designed to quickly remove paint and other types of graffiti from a wide variety of surfaces without leaving a mess behind. During the demonstration, Parsons cleaned graffiti off brick buildings and other surfaces in the downtown area of Walla Walla.
According to Bennett, the Sherwood Trust, founded by the late Donald and Virginia Sherwood, donated $11,000 to buy the soda blaster, and Construction Equipment Exports owner Tim Brennan donated a diesel-powered compressor to power the machine.
Bennett also stated Crime Watch received other donations, totalling $800, during an October fundraiser, and Crime Watch is accepting donations to help buy soda blasting media.