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Nov. 8, 2012

Celebrate sanitation on ‘World Toilet Day’

King County hosts tours of the West Point and Brightwater treatment plants on Saturday, Nov. 17

Sanitation is a serious matter. Lack of access to proper toilets and safe sewage management poses serious health consequences for more than 2.5 billion people around the world.

King County invites people to recognize and celebrate our regional clean-water utility. To commemorate World Toilet Day on Monday, Nov. 19, King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division will offer free public tours to provide opportunities to learn about the wastewater treatment process and its crucial role in protecting public health, the environment, and our quality of life.

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, West Point Treatment Plant, 1400 Utah St. W. (inside Discovery Park) Seattle, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, Brightwater Treatment Plant, 22505 State Route 9 S.E., Woodinville.

Register online (required) by noon on Nov. 14 at People can also contact Casey Plank at 206-263-6028, 711 TTY, or e-mail Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged by calling in advance.

The plants are industrial facilities, so sensible closed-toed shoes are required. Tours are outdoors and last about 90 minutes.

World Toilet Day was established in 2001 by the non-profit World Toilet Organization to increase awareness about sanitation and its importance to human health and economic development. Learn more about World Toilet Day on the Web at

Interested in learning more about sanitation locally? Check out the Urban Rest Stop at, an organization dedicated to providing a clean, safe and welcoming facility where individuals and families can come and use restrooms, shower and laundry facilities. All services are provided at no cost to patrons.

Portland-based PHLUSH believes that toilet availability is a human right and that well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils. For more information, visit their website at

People enjoy clean water and a healthy environment because of King County's wastewater treatment program. The county’s Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health, the environment and the economy by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.5 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 nearly 50 years.