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March 2, 2013

Fast response stops overflow at Barton Pump Station

System operating normally, crews begin cleanup

Crews with King County’s clean-water utility responded quickly to a wastewater overflow at Barton Pump Station on Saturday evening.

An undetermined amount of wastewater overflowed from a blown cap on a pipe north of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal at about 6 p.m. To stop the leak, crews temporarily shut down one of the pumps to slow flows and reduce pressure in the line. The system resumed normal operation, though the cause of the overflow is still under investigation.

Crews initiated cleanup this evening and reported the overflow to health and regulatory agencies. Employees will make additional site assessments, post the beach as closed and take water quality samples when daylight resumes.

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