Here are examples of major capital improvement projects.
Fremont siphon replacement
King County constructed a new pipeline beneath the Lake Washington Ship Canal to carry untreated wastewater from Seattle's Fremont neighborhood to the West Point Treatment Plant in Magnolia. The previous pipeline, in service for more than 100 years, has been decommissioned.
Murray combined sewer overflow control
King County completed construction on an underground storage tank (Murray Wet Weather Facility) near the Murray Pump Station in West Seattle. The tank is designed to contain up to 1-million gallons of stormwater and wastewater during heavy rains, which will protect public health and the environment by controlling combined sewer overflows that occur near Lowman Beach Park.
North Beach combined sewer overflow control
The wet weather storage facility is now operational. While the bulk of construction work was completed in December 2015, the contractor completed some work on the pump station site through early 2017. This included work on the new building, final landscaping and drainage improvements.
Barton Street pump station upgrade
This project increased station pumping capacity from 22 million gallons per day (mgd) to 33 mgd, replaced outdated electrical equipment, pumps and associated equipment, and constructed a new underground valve room and installed new valves on the force.
Barton CSO control
King County constructed 91 roadside rain gardens, a type of green stormwater infrastructure, in the Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods of West Seattle. These roadside rain gardens divert stormwater runoff away from the combined sewer system to reduce CSOs of raw sewage and untreated stormwater into Puget Sound near the recently upgraded Barton Pump Station and Fauntleroy ferry dock.
West Point Treatment Plant screenings improvement
This project addressed updated Washington State biosolids regulations to remove inert objects (trash and plastics) from solids destined for fertilizer use on farms and managed forests. King County installed new bar screens in the existing operating building and constructed a new building adjacent to the existing operating building to process the additional screened material.
Interbay pump station
This project increased station pumping capacity, replaced aging equipment, and constructed a new generator building to provide emergency power and improve the pump station’s reliability.
Kent-Auburn conveyance system improvements (phase A)
King County constructed two new pipelines, the Kent East Hill Diversion in Kent and the Stuck River Trunk in Auburn. These pipelines provide required capacity to accommodate recent and projected growth in Kent and Auburn.
Kirkland pump station and sewer upgrade
This project increased station pumping capacity, replaced aging equipment, and installed a larger diameter sewer force main to accommodate increased flows.
Ballard siphon replacement
King County built a new 85-inch siphon pipe under Salmon Bay between the Ballard and Interbay areas of Seattle to accommodate growth in north Seattle and reduce combined sewer overflows into Salmon Bay.
North Beach force main maintenance
To avoid premature replacement of usable assets, King County performs inspections and condition assessments throughout the life of wastewater pipelines. King County carried out a project to evaluate the condition of the North Beach Force Main, installed in 1963.
North Beach outfall
A project team is assessing the condition and looking at repair/replacement options for outfall #48a. This outfall is used to discharge combined sewer overflows (CSOs) from the pump station.
Brightwater treatment system
In response to increased growth in our region, King County has built a new regional wastewater treatment system called Brightwater to serve the northern portion of the King County service area. Treatment plant operations began in September 2011. The conveyance system and outfall began full operations in fall 2012.
Bellevue influent trunk improvement
King County and the City of Bellevue upgraded 45-year-old sewer trunk lines along SE Third Street and 102nd Avenue SE in Bellevue to provide the required capacity to accommodate recent and projected growth in Bellevue.
Construction was completed in August 2012 at the West Point Treatment Plant to build a permanent, modular office annex to replace temporary construction trailers. The new office space incorporates ‘green’ building materials and energy efficient design.
Skyway infiltration and inflow reduction
This project replaced side sewers serving 332 residential properties; repaired or replaced public sewer mains and manholes; and disconnected improper storm drainage connections to the sanitary sewer.
Ravenna Creek pipe extension
This project was completed in three phases from May 2008 to September 2011. During phase A, aggressive cleanup measures were implemented after an accidental wastewater release into University Slough. Phase B consisted of extending the pipeline that conveys Ravenna Creek downstream from Ravenna Park. Phase C involved the installation of three large logs with root wads in University Slough as mitigation for the temporary rerouting of Ravenna Creek flow to the combined sewer system.
Bellevue pump station upgrade & force main installation
This project was completed in two phases. During phase one (completed spring 2008), a new 5,300-foot-long, 24-inch-diameter pipeline was installed from the Bellevue Pump Station directly to the Eastside Interceptor, a large regional pipe near Interstate 405. During phase two, the 40-year old pump station was demolished and replaced with a facility featuring more powerful pumps, a new generator building, stronger odor control equipment and updated architecture.
King Street odor control facility
This new odor control facility will reduce corrosive, odor-causing gases in the Elliott Bay Interceptor, a major wastewater conveyance pipe beneath Occidental Avenue and Second Avenue South in Seattle, and address a long-standing odor nuisance for the public.
Juanita Bay pump station replacement
This pump station replaced an older station and increases sewer system capacity while providing neighbors with a well-designed facility that can better control noise and odors.
Hidden Lake pump station replacement and sewer improvement
The county replaced its existing 40-year-old Hidden Lake Pump Station with a new 6.8-million-gallon-a-day pump station and 12,000 feet of new sewer trunk line near Boeing Creek in Shoreline. The project increased system reliability by adding capacity that will help reduce overflows into Puget Sound during heavy rains. Other investments include a 500,000-gallon-capacity underground wastewater storage pipe in Boeing Creek Park and an upgraded a City of Shoreline stormwater detention pond.
Carnation Wastewater Treatment Facility
The county constructed a new wastewater treatment plant that replaces aging septic systems in the city of Carnation. The plant serves about 2,000 people in Carnation's urban growth area, with capacity to serve up to 4,000 in 2030. At design capacity, the plant is expected to treat 480,000 gallons of wastewater a day.
Murray Ave pump station upgrade
King County completed initial upgrades the station by installing new pumps and new mechanical and electrical equipment.
Fairwood interceptor sewer
An aging pipeline in an area prone to erosion and landslides was replaced with a larger sewer line to improve water quality and slope stability around Madsen Creek, and to increase system capacity in the area.
North Mercer interceptor emergency
2,300 feet of sewer pipe was replaced underneath Southeast 24th Street, 84th Avenue Southeast and Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island following the pipe rupture in December 2006.
Pacific pump station replacement
This pump station replaced an older station to carry increased wastewater flows from the City of Pacific to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
Vashon Treatment Plant upgrade
Upgrading the existing treatment plant increased capacity and added backup systems to meet regulations and protect human health and the environment.
Matthews Park pump station and sewer improvement
Since 2002, King County has completed three projects to upgrade aging infrastructure in the Matthews Beach area including upgrading the pump station, repairing corroded concrete inside the North Portal entrance to the Lake City Tunnel and repairing (slip lining) the Matthews Park force main.
Lincoln Park sewer line (Barton force main) repair
Relining of a 50-year-old sewer line that runs 6,250 feet through West Seattle's Lincoln Park after it was damaged during winter heavy storms. The project also included adding another 24-inch pipe along side the newly relined pipe to add capacity and allow periodic inspection of each of the lines.
Henderson/M.L. King CSO control
A sewer project in the Rainier Beach community that will reduce overflows from sewers in the area that reach Lake Washington.
Denny Way/Lake Union CSO control
Providing additional storage and treatment that will greatly reduce the number of untreated combined sewer overflows from the Denny Way wastewater regulator station.
Sweyolocken pump station
The updated Sweyolocken Pump Station, located next to Bellevue Way and the Mercer Slough Nature Park, handles increased flows.
North Creek storage facility
Located in the City of Bothell, this new 6-million-gallon underground storage tank manages excess wastewater.
Ravenna Creek stream flow transfer pipeline
This pipeline takes clean water from Ravenna Creek that used to flow into a sewer line and moves it into a pipe that flows into Lake Washington.