Planning and building to Protect Our Waters
Through 2030, King County will complete a total of 14 projects to control pollution in the Duwamish River, Lake Washington Ship Canal, and Puget Sound.
These are some of the most complex projects in the Protecting Our Waters program. And they’re big investments. When the program ends, a significant source of pollution into local waterways will be controlled.
Relief points called combined sewer overflows (CSOs) are built into sewer systems that carry sewage and stormwater in the same pipe. CSOs can release polluted water into waterways during heavy rains. They are needed to prevent sewer backups and flooding. A “controlled” CSO overflows no more than one time each year, on long-term average.