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Seattle projects

Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station – King County will continue design on a new combined sewer overflow (CSO) facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood that will treat up to 70 million gallons of stormwater and sewage that currently flows directly into the Duwamish River during heavy rains.

Interbay sewer and odor control upgrade – King County plans to upgrade an aging sewer pipe in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. The existing pipe was built in 1967 and is nearing the end of its service life. New odor control technology will be added to the system while the sewer pipe upgrade is underway. When complete, the sewer will provide reliable service for another 50 years or more.

Sediment management program – This program enables King County to address sediment contamination near CSO locations in Puget Sound. The county is continuing its efforts to remove historic CSO contamination and restore habitat at locations in Elliott Bay and the Waterway.

Ship Canal water quality  – Seattle Public Utilities and King County are working together to build an underground storage tunnel. During storms, this tunnel will hold polluted water from Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and north Queen Anne, preventing it from overflowing into the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Thornton Creek Basin - sewer study and upgrade - King County is studying the ways that stormwater and groundwater enter the sewer system in the north Seattle area. Our team will identify the location and type of improvements that have the potential for the biggest impact to reduce infiltration and inflow. The goal for this phase of the project is to identify and evaluate I/I reduction alternatives that can alleviate capacity constraints in the Thornton Creek sewer pipe.

West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility – King County is moving forward with a storage tank to hold stormwater and wastewater during large storms. The tank will prevent raw sewage from spilling into the Duwamish River during these storms. After the storm, the water will flow to West Point Treatment Plant for cleaning.

West Point Treatment Plant improvements  – King County plans a number of improvements at the West Point Treatment Plant. Projects include upgrading and replacing aging equipment to ensure reliable operation and continued compliance with permit conditions.

East King County projects

Coal Creek sewer upgrade – King County is planning to upgrade a regional sewer line that serves Bellevue and Newcastle. The existing pipeline was built between 1966 and 1991, and is nearing its maximum capacity. When complete, the new sewer will provide safe and reliable service for another 50 years or more.

Lake Hills and NW Lake Sammamish sewer upgrade – King County is designing an upgrade of approximately 4.5 miles of aging pipeline in Redmond that has been in service for as long as 60 years. The new pipeline will increase system reliability and accommodate population growth.

Lake Hills sewer relining – Now over 50 years old, the Lake Hills Interceptor is experiencing corrosion, and needs to be relined so it does not fail, overflow, or disrupt service. To protect the community and the environment, King County is planning to rehabilitate a 7,200-foot-long section of the pipe. This project will extend the useful life of this pipeline for another 50 years.

King County is designing a new vehicle maintenance and staging facility for transporting Loop biosolids. The new facility, expected to be open in 2021-2022, will be located in North Bend (exit 34 off I-90) on County-owned land.

North Mercer Island and Enatai sewer upgrade – King County will continue project planning and design to replace sewer pipelines that have served neighborhoods in North Mercer Island, southwest Bellevue, and the town of Beaux Arts Village since 1970. The new pipeline is being designed to serve these communities for the next 60 years.

South King County projects

Lakeland Hills Pump Station Replacement – King County will replace the aging Lakeland Hills Pump Station and build a new facility in Auburn to upgrade sewer services in south King County.

South Treatment Plant improvements – King County has a number of projects at the South Treatment Plant in Renton to replace or upgrade critical treatment plant equipment including pumps motors, and drives, which will improve system reliability, reduce maintenance costs and increase energy efficiency.

Regionwide projects

Conveyance system improvements – the utility is engaging in activities that guide the planning, design, and construction of new pipeline improvements and expansions within the utility’s 420-square-mile service area.

Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund – King County continues to work on Superfund activities to address historically contaminated sediments in the waterway. King County will also maintain its involvement in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group in 2016, which is currently working with EPA and the state Department of Ecology to identify a Superfund cleanup strategy.

Conveyance system H2S corrosion rehabilitation – King County will repair and replace sewer pipelines throughout its service area that are deteriorating or damaged as a result of corrosion caused by hydrogen sulfide gas, which commonly occurs in sewage.

WTD Resiliency and Recovery Program – King County plans to assess and retrofit sewer infrastructure and buildings in preparation for potential seismic events. The program goal is to protect public safety by avoiding or minimizing critical system damage that could occur during a natural disaster.