July 14, 2011
Power outage leads to overflow at Kirkland Pump Station
Operators working to restore power, resume normal operation
A power failure shortly before 9:30 a.m. led to a wastewater overflow at Kirkland Pump Station in downtown Kirkland. King County wastewater utility employees responded immediately and are working to engage an emergency back-up power source to stop the overflow.
The wastewater is currently going through an emergency outfall into Lake Washington near Marina Park.
County staff will take water quality samples in the lake, post public areas as closed, and notify health and regulatory agencies about the overflow. Crews are also cleaning up trash and visible material.
Note to editors and reporters: Visit the WTD Newsroom, a portal to information for the news media about the Wastewater Treatment Division, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Newsroom.aspx
This release is also posted on the Web site for the Department of Natural Resources and Parks at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp.aspx