King County fined for multiple sewer overflow violations

King County will have to pay a fine for multiple sewer overflows at several wastewater treatment plants in the last two years.

The Washington Department of Ecology and US Environmental Protection Agency has fined King County $105,000 for exceeding pollutant limits 18 times in 2017 and 2018 at its four wastewater plants that treat CSO discharges

According to the Department of Ecology, the penalty involves discharges that entered Puget Sound, the Duwamish River, and Elliott Bay. One of the treatment plants is in Carkeek — an overflow there in December 2017 is cited in the list of penalties.

Carkeek CSO treatment facility

The violations do not include the county’s main wastewater treatment plants, such as West Point.

Under a 2013 legal agreement, King County is required to control combined sewage overflows according to state regulations.

“While the county has completed projects to reduce CSO discharges over the last several years, additional work is needed to fully meet state requirements,” the Department of Ecology stated in a press release about the violations. “Ecology expects the county to further reduce discharges as current and future projects come on line. Ecology also expects the county to continue efforts to prevent future violations at its CSO treatment plants.”

The state Department of Ecology will receive half of the fine, which will go into the state’s Coastal Protection Fund, giving grants to public agencies and tribes for water quality projects.


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Gee, who runs this county? Just who then IS “King county”? That’d be people like you and I. Did anybody get fired or lose their jobs??? Who elects these idiots over and over expecting different results? (dictionary insanity) Nothing will be learned. No changes. Same ilk running this ship. So pony up with your property taxes, because government does NOT do without, you do. Not very PROGRESSIVE is it?


OK Boomer.

I take it you haven’t looked into the massive, billion dollar projects going on right now that are intended to prevent CSOs.

Since looking up basic information and educating yourself is evidently impossible, why don’t you instead go back in time, 100 years or so ago, and prevent Seattle from constructing a combined sewer and storm system? At least that has some semblance of possibility.


lol thank you for this sane response.