Clean Water Plan
Making the right investments at the right time
Coming soon: Online Open House.
Our relationship to water is part of what makes this region special. Puget Sound and our lakes, rivers, and streams give us food, transportation, jobs and fun. This water is central to Native people’s cultures and traditions, and the ecological health of salmon, orca and other fish and wildlife. We all play a part in protecting this resource for future generations, and preserving the beauty and health of the Puget Sound region.
King County is making a Clean Water Plan because it is facing critical—and expensive—decisions that will affect the region’s water quality.
So we are convening a regional conversation to understand the priorities. When we hear from everyone, we all benefit. With many pressing water quality issues, King County needs a Clean Water Plan to make the right investments at the right time for the best water quality benefit.
Billions of dollars are at stake, and we want to make sure the values and voices that represent the diversity of the region are part of the planning process. Everyone is invited to join the conversation.
King County is responsible for cleaning the water people use, recycling what we can, and sending it back to nature. King County and other local governments manage stormwater facilities that protect water quality from pollutants in the water that runs off streets, parking lots, and other paved surfaces. Our work protects people’s health and Puget Sound. We are facing complicated and expensive issues like these:
- Aging pipes and facilities that need more repairs or replacement
- Making wastewater treatment systems more resilient
- Serving a growing population
- Even further reducing the amount of untreated sewage and polluted stormwater that overflows to local water bodies during storms
- Changing climate resulting in more extreme weather events
- Potential new requirements to clean wastewater to an even higher water quality standard
- Recovering resources from wastewater – such as biosolids, energy, and recycled water
- Making sure benefits are equitably distributed
- Financing water quality improvements
These investments represent a major opportunity to contribute to the economic, social, and ecological health of the region.
The Clean Water Planning Process
Coming in June: Online Open House
We are holding an Online Open House about the Clean Water Plan because we want to hear from you on the best ways to make water quality investments. We feel strongly that when the County hears from everyone, we all benefit. This is an opportunity for you to share what’s important to you when thinking about the future of our communities, our health, our environment, and how we use and take care of our water for decades to come
Thanks for joining us for King County’s Clean Water Conversation Workshop on May 20th!
- We will be posting a workshop summary in mid-June.
- Erika Peterson