FOLLOWUP: Alki gets the ‘all clear’ after sewer overflow

Two days after Seattle Public Utilities closed the area off Bonair/Alki to “water activities” because of a sewer overflow, it’s open again. SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register tells WSB that the latest water-quality tests show it’s safe. As reported Wednesday, the overflow – approximately 1,655 gallons – is blamed on a century-old sewer line failing. We’re continuing to follow up to see what’s planned for repair/replacement.

4 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Alki gets the 'all clear' after sewer overflow"

  • Just Wondering April 29, 2021 (10:01 pm)

    I am confused. A 100 year old sewer pipe breaks; it’s near the bottom of Bonair pretty close to its junction with Alki; 1600 gallons of sewage gets to Puget Sound…. how?Leak discovered when “water” was seen running down Bonair… 1600 gallons of “sewage “ ran down the street level of  Bonair… and jumped the curb of Alki… and ran down the steps off Alki to the Sound???Or did an underground river of sewage run from the leak location (several hundred feet from the Alki sea wall)… and seep into the Sound???… through the sea wall???I really don’t understand how a break in a sewer line a fair distance from Puget Sound gets sewage into the Sound… when there is no  pipeline connection to the Sound from the Bonair sewer line. 

    • Derek April 30, 2021 (11:34 am)

      Catch basins and storm sewers connect to the Sound. Sewage got into those. It’s not that complicated. 

  • D April 30, 2021 (10:35 am)

    The street drains run to the sound. Could be how it happened.

    • Just wondering April 30, 2021 (12:00 pm)

      Yep… you’re right… walked by … saw pump hose from sewer to storm water drain…Now I wonder why there isn’t a “non-polluting” solution to this kind of problem if we humans are running the pumps (rather than a force of nature-gravity-causing the pollution)

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