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Public areas reopened following overflow at Barton Pump Station

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County officials can remove beach closure signs warning people to avoid contact with the water near the Fauntleroy ferry terminal following Sunday’s sewage overflow from the Barton Pump Station in West Seattle.

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County officials can remove beach closure signs warning people to avoid contact with the water near the Fauntleroy ferry terminal following Sunday’s sewage overflow from the Barton Pump Station in West Seattle.

Public Health Seattle & King County approved the reopening of the beaches late Thursday afternoon. Warning signs were posted at the Cove Beach Park boat launch and the beach at the intersection of Fauntleroy Way S.W. and S.W. Brace Point Drive.

The overflow occurred after a power outage caused pumping equipment shut down around 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Crews were able to restore normal operation and control the overflow within 65 minutes. The volume of overflow into Puget Sound was estimated at 46,000 gallons. Tidal conditions and water pressure contained a substantial amount of wastewater inside the outfall pipe, which enabled crews to use submersible pumps to capture and return a significant amount of wastewater back to the pump station so it could be conveyed to the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle.

King County notified health and regulatory agencies about the overflow.

Note to editors and reporters: Visit the WTD Newsroom, a portal to information for the news media about the Wastewater Treatment Division, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Newsroom.aspx

Related information

Barton Pump Station
Wastewater Treatment Division
Public Health - Seattle and King County
Central Puget Sound Watershed