CitySoil Farm harvest for 2020

Helping Feed Communities in Need

CitySoil Farm at King County’s South Treatment Plant in Renton was able to donate 3,762 lbs. of fresh, culturally-relevant fruits and vegetables to the White Center Food Bank this year – even thought we had to cancel our in-person education programs and volunteers. In a typical year, our utility’s education team brings hundreds of students…

Finding a job that fits you, pays well AND is meaningful is amazing. If you like freedom and change you might like operating a wastewater treatment plant. We’ll help you find out – and pay to train you.

Our business is unconventional – and that works for a lot of our employees We get it. Any of us who work here at King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) have been asked what we do for a living – and we’ve seen the smirks and heard the giggles when we explain we help run…

Farms in a typical year (left) and after the 2020 fires (right).

King County Loop® Biosolids Help Community Recover from Wildfires

In the summer of 2020, the tiny community of Mansfield, WA (population 343) found itself smack dab in the middle of several wildfires between July and September. The largest fire, the Pearl Hill Fire, got a few thousand yards from town. Some residents lost everything. The Seattle Times published a map showing fires surrounding Mansfield…

Staff giving a tour of the Brightwater Treatment Plant

Get your own wastewater “gear”

Do you love to geek out on all things wastewater? Well, we do! Occasionally, we get requests for King County sewer “gear”. Here’s some of our favorite blasts from the past and present: Toilets aren’t Trash Cans! For those who love to help spread the word that the only thing people should flush is human…

Virtual ed program for HS students

Meaningful, virtual classes for high-schoolers are possible!

This July, our utility held an online program for high school-aged students to learn how to help protect clean water in our region. The Clean Water Ambassadors Certificate Program, done in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, ran for four weeks and was open to all high school-aged youth in the King County…

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…

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 –…

WTD celebrates Women in Trades 40th anniversary

The annual Washington Women in Trades (WWIT) Fair marked its 40th anniversary this year. The half-day event, held in May, showcased exhibits, demonstrations, contests, education and job opportunities for women interested in pursuing careers in the trades.   King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) representatives hosted an interactive exhibit and contest. Wastewater operators rallied attendees…

King County Wastewater Treatment supports diversity through our Operator in Training Program.

Recently, our utility’s work to recruit employees that represent our diverse and growing communities through our Operator in Training (OIT) Program was featured in the Water Environment Federation magazine. Visit the link or read the excerpt below: https://news.wef.org/king-county-enhances-diversity-through-operator-in-training-program/  Excerpt: King County Enhances Diversity Through Operator in Training Program February 21, 2019 King County, Washington is…