State-of-the-art pump station comes to Kirkland

The city of Kirkland has a new neighbor in town.

“As a downtown merchant I can say we are really excited to welcome the pump station as our newest downtown neighbor. It’s the kind of neighbor that everybody wants; it’s clean, quiet and attractive,” Penny Sweet, Kirkland’s Deputy Mayor said.

Waste water from local Kirkland buildings travels to the pump station, where the water is then pumped to a waste water treatment plant in Renton. The treatment plant takes the waste water, recovers nutrients that can be used, and then treats the rest of the water so it can safely go into the Puget Sound.

“This [water pump] is an integral part of our system,” Pam Elardo, the director of the Wastewater Treatment Division, said.

The Kirkland pump station, which was built in 1964, got new equipment and a redesign. According to Sebel Yildiz, the capital project manager, the project replaced all equipment inside, including electrical equipment, control panels and generators.

“Everything is state of the art so it’s super quiet and there are no odors and it works just like a charm,” Elardo said.

On top of functionality, the Wastewater Treatment Division wanted the exterior of the building to add to the neighborhood.

“We want to build a facility that’s actually an asset to the neighborhood, not a sore thumb or something that’s ugly. So we spent a lot of time working with the community, getting their input on design,” Elardo said.