King County Executive visits Wastewater Treatment Division
On the final day of one of the rainiest months in the region’s recorded history, King County Executive Dow Constantine took a day-long tour of several wastewater treatment facilities. He was able to meet employees who work on the front lines, keeping treatment plants and pump stations operating 24/7 under adverse winter conditions.
He started in Georgetown where construction of a major new facility, the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station, is underway. It will treat polluted stormwater that currently flows directly into the Duwamish River during severe rainstorms.
Afterwards, he was briefed on actions being taken to make the regional wastewater treatment system more resilient to address frequent rainstorms as the result of climate change. In addition to ensuring that capital projects factor in the changing climate, it is important to ensure employees have the training and support needed to effectively operate facilities during longer, more frequent rainstorms.
The final stop of the tour was at West Point Treatment Plant where staff briefed the Executive on improvements made since the 2017 major flood event. This includes upgrades to the control room with the latest technology to help employees better prioritize emergencies, installation of a new system for emergency shutdowns, and working with Seattle City Light to ensure there is a reliable power source at all times.
View video and photos of the Executive’s tour below.