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…

Wastewater operator checks equipment

Using the challenges of 2020 to improve our services

When local closures began in the spring of 2020 due to COVID-19, our utility’s employees quickly adapted to assure our essential services to the public continued. We also moved many of our interactions with the public online – such as meetings and educational classes. Keeping our operators healthy so we can protect YOUR health King…

ABD video

Sharing our know-how with developing countries

Many developing Asian countries face unique challenges delivering quality wastewater services. In an effort to mentor these communities and help them protect human health and the environment, a team of our employees participated in information sharing through the Water Operators Partnership (WOP) that supports improved sanitation in Mongolia. The partnership is financially sponsored by the Asian Development…

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…

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…

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…