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Lowman Beach reopened following storm-related wastewater overflows

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Lowman Beach is now reopen after being closed as a precaution following a storm-related wastewater overflow last Saturday.

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Lowman Beach is now reopen after being closed as a precaution following a storm-related wastewater overflow last Saturday.

Strong windstorms knocked out power that led to wastewater overflows in Shoreline and West Seattle.

To protect public health and safety, King County posted signs warning people to avoid contact with the waters off of Lowman Beach Park in West Seattle. No public access areas in Shoreline were affected.

Water quality sample results collected in West Seattle and Shoreline were normal in the days following the overflow.

King County operates 43 pump stations in a 420-square-mile service area. During the storm, 21 stations were on auxiliary power due to widespread power outages.

Crews deployed a mobile generator at the Murray Pump Station to stop an overflow there.  King County is currently investing $26 million to upgrade Murray Pump Station as part of a long-term project to control overflows of stormwater and sewage that occur during heavy rains. Improvements include the installation a permanent back-up electrical system to provide power during outages and other emergencies. The original pump station was built in 1957.



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