FOLLOWUP: Stormwater facility by 1st Avenue South Bridge ready to run

(King County video)
Four and a half years after construction began by the north end of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station is ready to be put into operation. Next big rainstorm, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division says, the quarter-billion-dollar facility [map] will start treating stormwater that otherwise would overflow, untreated, directly into the Duwamish River. Though it’s ready to do that job, the facility does have a little more work ahead, according to today’s announcement: “King County will install art features early next year. One will light up the facility as water moves through the treatment process. Another will recreate rain events inside a 35-foot-high clear cylinder.” Meantime, as we’ve been reporting, KCWTD has another facility in the works to protect the Duwamish River – a 1.25-million-gallon overflow storage tank in southeast West Seattle, near the south end of the 1st Avenue South Bridge. The West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility is being designed right now and expected to start construction in 2025.

3 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Stormwater facility by 1st Avenue South Bridge ready to run"

  • BlairJ November 22, 2022 (11:02 am)

    And right on cue we get a heavy rainstorm to give it a stress test.

  • Robert November 22, 2022 (11:59 am)

    Great project, I was on it briefly selling tools to one of the contractors.  Nice to see them put a little work into making it look good (for a treatment plant at least).  

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench November 22, 2022 (1:01 pm)

    A very important project has been completed.

    That said, I am holding my applause until Dow Constantine prioritize’s a solution to the recurring dumping of raw sewage into Puget Sound at the Westpoint Facility. 
    Unplanned power outages are a reality.  Until he gets a reliable back-up generator – properly sized to the kW needed to operate the pumps – I will continue to criticize the preventable pollution of Puget Sound.

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