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July 18, 2017 update

King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director Christie True released the following statement on the County Council’s independent review of the West Point Treatment Plant’s operations:

“The King County Council’s independent review offers an objective look at our operations from the perspective of highly-qualified professionals from the engineering firm AECOM. We are grateful for their insight, which largely affirms our earlier analysis, and agree with the recommendations they propose to increase system redundancy to protect workers, equipment and the environment during emergencies; strengthen safety and training protocols that surpass current requirements for our utility; and enable us to incorporate a number of improvements in projects already planned, which will make these upgrades cost-efficient.”

To learn more, see the:

July 18 Statement

Final Report - West Point Treatment Plant Independent Assessment, July 18, 2017

Presentation to the King County Council on the Independent Assessment of the West Point Treatment Plant, July 18, 2017

Visit the marine monitoring page to learn about our plan to monitor water quality while the work was underway at West Point Treatment Plant to restore full secondary treatment.  You can find our monitoring plan, frequently asked questions, and contact information for questions and concerns. We will post monitoring data and summaries every two weeks. Visit the environmental monitoring page for permit-required and supplemental monitoring information.
Visit the marine monitoring page to learn about the water quality monitoring that King Count has conducted while West Point Treatment Plant was being restored and the ongoing monitoring. You can find our monitoring plan, frequently asked questions, and contact information for questions and concerns. We will post monitoring data and summaries every two weeks. Visit the environmental monitoring page for permit-required and supplemental monitoring information.

Background

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division is implementing comprehensive restoration actions following a major equipment failure at the West Point Treatment Plant on Feb. 9 that resulted in bypasses of untreated stormwater and wastewater into Puget Sound. Restoration work is ongoing to restore the plant to its full operational capacity as quickly and safely as possible.

King County is committed to keeping people informed as we continue the restoration effort. Progress updates and notices will be available on Web and social media and people can contact us with questions and concerns.

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