UTILITIES: More sewer-pipe repairs ahead for area of March leak beneath Beach Drive

(WSB photo, March)

Back in March, a sewer line under Beach Drive near Lowman Beach leaked an estimated tens of thousands of gallons of sewage. Repairs followed. Now, it’s time for more. We happened onto a mention of the project in city permit files; the summary said the repair work “to minimize risk of sewage leak due to pipe failure” might involve part of Lowman Beach Park, which just reopened after the seawall-removal project. So we asked the King County Wastewater Treatment Division for details. Here’s the reply from spokesperson Rachael Hartman:

During (the March) project, crews inspected both pipes that run north under Beach Drive SW from the Murray Avenue Pump Station, located in Lowman Beach Park. They discovered that one of the pipes is severely eroded and needs to be repaired. Our current plan is to install a new liner in the pipe starting in September, schedule dependent on materials delivery and weather.

We are currently planning the work and don’t have the details solidified yet. At this time, the contractor does not believe they will need to use an area of the park for the repair work. If they did need to use an area of the park for their work, it would be a small area near Beach Drive that would not require any park closure. If the contractor needs to use some portion of the right-of-way and take up some street parking along Beach Drive, a permit from SDOT would be obtained. We will have more specific information about the project and possible impacts as early as next week.

The pipe that leaked in March was 27″, according to KCWTD, which handles sewage/wastewater (as opposed to Seattle Public Utilities, which handles water).

5 Replies to "UTILITIES: More sewer-pipe repairs ahead for area of March leak beneath Beach Drive"

  • 935 August 18, 2022 (11:24 pm)

    Where are all the people hollering for fines? Or accountability? Like they were when Harbor West had a leak? A 27″ pipe carries MUCH more volume than a 6″ or a 10″ (can’t recall what HW is/was)

    A leak is a leak people, and gov’t should be MORE accountable. After all – have you paid attention to your SPU fees?

    • my two cents August 19, 2022 (4:12 am)

      Appropriate post – good reminder to all of us.

    • Question Authority August 19, 2022 (8:27 am)

      Maybe those people realize that infrastructure ages and wastewater is extremely corrosive, so issues like these inevitably happen regardless of budget or best intentions.  As they say “poop happens”

    • Jay August 19, 2022 (8:29 am)

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone who complained about Harbor West is absolutely furious about the lack of maintenance for the waterfront lines.

  • Joanne August 19, 2022 (1:47 am)

    I’ve noticed 2 water leaks on 35th.  One on the west side of the road near Mount St. Vincent  and the other one further south on the east side of the road.

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