Believe it or not, industry is still a major employer in King County, accounting for over 100,000 jobs in the city of Seattle alone.
Another little known fact is how much emphasis our local industries put on environmental stewardship.
One of our responsibilities as a clean-water utility is to regulate facilities that discharge industrial wastewater to our regional sewer system, and we issue permits to make sure this wastewater won’t harm the environment, our workers, or our treatment system.
Permit conditions might call for facilities to regularly monitor and test their wastewater, report the data, and submit to periodic inspections. Many facilities are required to pretreat their wastewater before they send it to the sewer system. Depending on the size and type of operation, industrial dischargers might even invest in specialized equipment or trained personnel to manage the important task of staying in compliance with their permits.
To honor their dedication to clean water, our Industrial Waste Program presented awards to 76 facilities that support our local economy while protecting the natural resources that make our region such a great place to live, work and play.
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