King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director Christie True today issued the following statement on the County Council’s motion to initiate an independent expert review related to flooding and equipment failure that occurred at the plant on Feb. 9, 2017.
“Both the Department of Natural Resources and Parks and the Council recognize the importance of a comprehensive independent expert review. The Department is committed to working collaboratively with the Council and the consultant on the review.
“We appreciated that Councilmembers recognized the hard work of our employees who are working around the clock to restore the West Point Treatment Plant.
“The division remains on target to restore secondary wastewater treatment at West Point by April 30.
“No stormwater-sewage bypasses have been discharged from the plant since Feb. 16, and all beaches have been open since Feb. 21.
“Wastewater is receiving a limited level of primary treatment that includes disinfection, and treatment plant operators continue carefully monitoring weather reports with the goal of sending flows to other portions of the system to avoid an unnecessary bypass.”
Additional information and updates are available on the King County West Point Treatment Plant Incident Response Page.