Jan. 17, 2006

News Release

King County repairing leaky sewer line in Lincoln Park

A King County contractor is repairing a 30-inch sewer line in Lincoln Park after wastewater workers discovered a sewage leak Tuesday near a sinkhole that developed late last week during heavy rains. One of several storm sewers crosses the sewer line near the sinkhole.

To stop the leak in the park and enable sewer repairs, King County's Wastewater Treatment Division began an emergency bypass at its nearby Barton Street Pump Station on the north side of the Fauntleroy ferry dock. The bypass will protect public health and prevent personal injury and severe property damage. King County is temporarily discharging a mixture of stormwater and diluted sewage through an outfall 620 feet offshore.

King County discovered the leak early Tuesday afternoon. King County posted the beach as closed, took water samples, and told health and regulatory agencies about the leak.

Normally, the Barton pump station pushes wastewater from the Fauntleroy area through a 6,250-foot pipeline to the county's Murray Avenue Pump Station at Lowman Beach Park.

During major storms, the Barton station works as an outfall for excess rain combined with diluted wastewater. Flows normally go to King County's West Point Treatment Plant, which treats up to 440 million gallons of wastewater a day during storms. King County and the City of Seattle are carrying out a multimillion-dollar program to prevent most combined sewer overflows.

King County's Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and water quality by serving 17 cities, 17 local sewer utilities and more than 1.4 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Formerly called Metro, the regional clean-water agency now operated by King County has been preventing water pollution for more than 40 years.

Related Information:

Wastewater Treatment Division

Martha Tuttle
Community Relations/Public Involvement
King County Wastewater Treatment Division


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