King County employees reduce project lead times by two years through Lean

Crossposted from Lean in King County

During an open house Wastewater employees explained to coworkers how they improved efficiency, standardized processes, and saved time – thereby saving ratepayer money.

During an open house Wastewater employees explained to coworkers how they improved efficiency, standardized processes, and saved time – thereby saving ratepayer money.

In September, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) celebrated the hard work of hundreds of employees who have been streamlining how WTD operates the regional system and how it builds new facilities needed for our growing population.

Employees explained to coworkers how they used Lean techniques to improve efficiency, standardize processes, and save time – thereby saving ratepayers money – during a four-hour open house.

WTD has a long history of continuously improving our business using employee ideas.

Over 1.5 million people in the region depend on WTD for award-winning wastewater treatment. WTD operates, maintains, and upgrades over 400 miles of pipelines, five wastewater treatment plants, 46 pump stations and 26 regulatory stations. The division faces a 63 percent increase in the capital improvement program to continue providing safe, reliable sewer service to a growing region and to meet combined sewer overflow control requirements by 2030. With this in mind, the division made a special effort to streamline how they deliver the projects they need to build.

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