stainless steel scrubbers

The case of the metal strands – teamwork leads to the source of treatment system damage

When wastewater comes into the Carnation Wastewater Treatment Plant, it first passes through a process that removes larger particles like trash and grit from the water. Next, the water flows through a process that involves tanks containing membranes. These membranes are fine filters (like spaghetti) that only allow water molecules to flow through. When staff…

Accessible meetings video

Welcome people of all abilities to your remote meetings and events!

Are you hosting remote meetings? King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) would like to share some advice that will make your meetings more accessible. Not too long ago, a pandemic might mean intense social isolation for some. Today, technology lets us stay connected in real time, if not in person. Remote interactions are a lifeline…

A homeowner with their cistern

RainWise Goes Virtual to Support Contractors

For RainWise – a program designed to help property owners physically design and install rain gardens and cisterns – going virtual has had its challenges, but also unique opportunities. The RainWise program, a partnership between King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), provides rebates for home and property owners to install…

Local businesses recognized for 2019 environmental compliance

King County’s Industrial Waste Program recognized 59 local industrial facilities for their commitment to business practices that support the local economy while protecting regional water quality. Each year, the Industrial Waste Program, which operates as part of King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division, honors local facilities whose business practices contribute to regional pollution prevention goals. Gold…

Beach clean up volunteer

Earth Day: Sticking to values in tough times

Wastewater treatment is essential to protecting public health and the environment – but we do more than treat the region’s wastewater. From reducing our carbon footprint to recycling the products of sewage treatment, our employees are committed to protecting the environment, public health and our quality of life. That commitment endures in difficult times –…

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

Our operators keep treating wastewater and protecting public health

King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) treats wastewater from people and businesses to protect people’s health and the environment. We operate three regional treatment plants, two local treatment plants, and four wet weather treatment plants. In 2018, we treated an average of 175 million gallons of sewage every day. Our operations staff (Ops) are as vital to the…

WaterWorks grants funding 69 community projects in 2020

King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. The King County Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the funding, moving work forward on projects around the region that will include restoring damaged habitat, building green infrastructure and providing youth education and internship opportunities. Sixty nine…

Help us protect recovering landscapes

Some colorful new signs may catch your eye at former King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) construction sites. WTD’s Mitigation and Monitoring (M/M) Program is installing new signs to alert people and help them protect recovering landscapes. WTD’s project teams strive to reduce impacts to people and the environment as they design critical infrastructure projects.…

Let WTD know your priorities for the Clean Water Plan

Online Clean Water Plan questionnaire closes Nov. 1 — tell us what you think  Since spring 2019, we have been talking with people about the Clean Water Plan and listening to their priorities for our rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound.   King County Wastewater Treatment Division has important water quality investment decisions to make. The decisions…

Young “Salmon Heroes” are out at salmon spawning locations

Blog by Mirna Ali, a college intern working with the WaterWorks Grant Program. Mirna is a senior at the University of Washington, Tacoma majoring in environmental science. Fall salmon spawning season is under way as native sockeye, chinook, coho, pink and chum are coming home to King County’s rivers and streams. The Salmon SEEson website…