Industrial Waste Fees for Surcharge Customers

Businesses that send “high strength” or concentrated organic wastewater to the sewer system pay more because it costs more to treat this wastewater. KCIW’s Surcharge Fee currently pays for both treating concentrated “high-strength” waste at a treatment plant and the cost of compliance monitoring and administering the permit or authorization. Under a proposal to update…

Updating Industrial Waste Fees: Next Steps

The King County Industrial Waste (KCIW) program has been working on a proposal to update the structure of its fee system. A two-step decision-making process is starting in 2018. First the King County Council will consider an ordinance to update the King County Code. Pending Council approval of the ordinance, the Department of Natural Resources…

Wastewater employees’ hard work saves ratepayers $32 million

Cross-posted from KC Employee News In April, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for $134.5 million to the King County Wastewater Treatment Division to help finance the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station. Organizations have to be invited to submit an application, and the deadline…

Employee engagement, health and well-being

Cross-posted from KC Employee News When the Department of Natural Resources and Parks’s Wastewater Comprehensive Planning and GIS group sat down to review their engagement survey results, they kept coming back to one thing – improving their well-being. To support each other in this engagement goal, they posted a list of 25 things they can…

Chief Operating Officer meets with treatment plant employees

Cross-posted from KC Employee News Casey Sixkiller, Chief Operating Officer for King County Executive Dow Constantine, has been out meeting employees and leaders at worksites across the county since joining Executive Constantine’s Senior Leadership Team in February to learn more about all of the County’s lines of business, and he recently met with employees at…