Jan. 17, 2006
King County repairing leaky sewer line in Lincoln Park
King County contractors and staff are working
around the clock to replace about 60 feet of a 30-inch sewer line in
Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Wastewater workers discovered a sewage
leak in the 50-year-old pipe Tuesday following heavy rains.
To stop the leak and enable sewer repairs, King County’s Wastewater
Treatment Division began an emergency bypass at its nearby Barton
Street Pump Station on the north side of the Fauntleroy ferry dock. To
bypass the sewer line, King County is hauling wastewater from Barton to
another operating pump station. The bypass will protect public health
and prevent personal injury and severe property damage.
King County discovered the leak early Tuesday afternoon. The county
posted the beach as closed, took water samples, and told health and
regulatory agencies about the leak. Neighbors of all affected work
sites have been told about the county's emergency response and repairs.
Normally, the Barton pump station pushes wastewater from the
Fauntleroy area through a 6,250-foot pipeline to the county’s Murray
Avenue Pump Station at Lowman Beach Park.
During major storms, the Barton station works as an outfall for
excess rain combined with diluted wastewater. Flows normally go to King
County's West Point Treatment Plant, which treats up to 440 million
gallons of wastewater a day during storms. When stormwater gets into
the pipes and they fill beyond capacity, the overflow goes through the
outfall south of Lincoln Park. King County and the City of Seattle are
carrying out a multimillion-dollar program to prevent most combined
King County's Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health
and water quality by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer utilities and
more than 1.4 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
Formerly called Metro, the regional clean-water agency now operated by
King County has been preventing water pollution for more than 40 years.