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Side sewer break in Bothell neighborhood quickly contained


A break in a King County side sewer line affected several residences in the vicinity of 208th Street Southeast and 14th Drive Southeast in Bothell on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Wastewater Treatment Division crews quickly contained and cleaned surface areas. No public areas were affected.


King County reported a sewer overflow in a Bothell residential area on Wednesday, Oct. 20, after discovering a break in a side sewer pipe that connects to the county’s system. The break caused a spill that lasted a little more than 90 minutes, spilling an estimated 1,000 gallons that was mostly contained to residential property.

Located near 208th Street Southeast and 14th Drive Southeast in Bothell in a portion of southern Snohomish County where King County is the regional entity that serves that area, the pipe is under immediate repair. Crews quickly cleaned the area with a large power vacuum, and there is no standing water. While most of the property affected by the spill is private, a small amount reached reach a wetland near North Creek and was absorbed into the ground. 

King County has notified health and regulatory agencies and will conduct water quality testing at North Creek. 

Marie Fiore, 206-263-0284 or 

About the King County Wastewater Treatment Division
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and enhances the environment by collecting and treating wastewater while recycling valuable resources for the Puget Sound region. The division provides wastewater treatment services to 17 cities, 17 local sewer districts and more than 1.8 million residents across a 420-square-mile area in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.