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King County crews quickly stop leak in wastewater pipe near Barton Pump Station and begin cleanup


A leak in the combined sewer force main pipe near Barton Pump Station in West Seattle was reported to King County Wastewater Treatment Division on Sunday, Nov. 27. Staff quickly responded to stop the leak and flows to the beach at Lincoln Park.


King County Wastewater Treatment Division workers quickly responded to a combined sewer leak on Sunday afternoon. Seattle Public Utilities, who had initially responded to the issue, alerted county staff. The leak caused a combination of stormwater and wastewater to enter the beach at Lincoln Park, along a public trail.  
A King County wastewater crew responding to the incident was able to locate the breach in the line and begin temporary repairs to stop the leak. Crews also began cleanup efforts and will post additional caution/closure signs.  
King County reported the overflow to health and regulatory agencies and will begin water quality testing near Lincoln Park Beach and the Barton Pump Station. The beach is expected to be closed until several days of water testing confirm the water is safe. 
Marie Fiore, Wastewater Treatment Division, 206-263-0284