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March 4, 2013

Barton Pump Station operating normally following pipe leak

Incident poses minimal impact; beach will reopen following Public Health approval

An estimated five to 50 gallons of wastewater overflowed from a leaking pipe at King County’s Barton Pump Station on Saturday evening, March 2. 

A welded cap blew off of a sewer line near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal around dusk, causing wastewater to periodically leak out of the pipe. 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 and the pipe was repaired.

Cleanup crews deployed Saturday evening did not find debris typically associated with a wastewater overflow, further confirming the incident’s minimal impact.

Because of the pump station’s proximity to Puget Sound, crews posted the nearby beach as closed and took water quality samples as a precaution. Initial sample results showed normal bacteria levels, and King County will reopen the beach following approval from Public Health Seattle & King County. 

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