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…

Saving SoundGuardian

Cross-posted from The Downstream Blog: On the night of Saturday, Nov. 10, a four-alarm fire started at a lumberyard right across from the King County Environmental Lab. The fire was the largest Seattle has seen since 2010 with flames shooting over 100 feet into the air, according to the Seattle Fire Department blog. In the…

Norovirus Outbreak in Oysters Unrelated to West Point Overflow

An outbreak of norovirus linked to consumption of raw oysters harvested in Puget Sound is not connected to temporarily reduced treatment capacity at King County’s West Point Treatment Plant.   The recent outbreak of norovirus resulting from consumption of raw oysters has received wide press because it results in outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, and people…