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Community celebrates new upgrades on King County’s Kirkland Pump Station

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After three years of construction, upgrades to King County’s Kirkland Pump Station are now completed. County officials and local dignitaries gathered today to celebrate this achievement that will provide safe, reliable wastewater operations for the City of Kirkland’s growing population.

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After three years of construction, upgrades to King County’s Kirkland Pump Station are now completed. County officials and local dignitaries gathered today to celebrate this achievement that will provide safe, reliable wastewater operations for the City of Kirkland’s growing population.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet and King County Wastewater Treatment Division Director Pam Elardo.

Located at the corner of Third Street and Park Lane in downtown Kirkland, the larger capacity pump station complies with current seismic codes, operates quietly and efficiently, and employs state-of-the-art odor control.

“The newly upgraded pump station will not only safeguard the health of residents and protect Lake Washington, it will be a good neighbor that fits into the community,” said Pam Elardo, director of King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division.

Event attendees toured the new facility and witnessed the unveiling of art commissioned for the facility by local artist W. Scott Trimble, whose Pump-to-Gram painted steel and cast glass gates tell the story of the treatment cycle from the collection of wastewater in Kirkland to the King County treatment facility in Renton.

King County started work on the $20 million pump station and sewer upgrade project in September 2011. During three years of construction, King County replaced the station’s pumps, modernized control instrumentation, upgraded electrical equipment, replaced the standby generator and odor control equipment, and installed a new force main on Kirkland Avenue between Third Street and Railroad Avenue.

Additional information is also available on the project website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/East/Kirkland.aspx or by calling the construction hotline at 206-205-9196.

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