County Crew Stops Reclaimed Water Overflow Near Wilmot Park Wednesday

A damaged pipe carrying reclaimed wastewater sent water into the Sammamish River; crews stopped the leak in less than an hour.

A damaged pipe carrying treated, disinfected Class A reclaimed water from the to the York Pump Station in Redmond overflowed into the Sammamish River on Wednesday afternoon according Annie Kolb-Nelson, spokesperson for the King County Wastewater Treatment Department.

A community member called King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division around 3:45 p.m. to report an overflow near , according to Kolb-Nelson. A crew was dispatched and had the pipe shut down in about half an hour, she added. Class A reclaimed water is approved for irrigation and is safe for human contact. The overflow contained no raw sewage.

The pipe carries reclaimed water from the Brightwater plant through the Woodinville Pump Station, 12900 Woodinville-Duvall Road to the York Pump Station at 14120 NE 124th in Redmond. The age of the damage pipe is unknown at this time; Kolb-Nelson said it was converted from a raw sewage pipe to a reclaimed wastewater pipe during Brightwater’s construction. The reason for the pipe’s failure is under investigation.

Dale Knapinski October 20, 2011 at 01:41 AM
The reason for the failure? King County is in charge.
Ronald Long October 20, 2011 at 05:27 PM
rode by on my bicycle while the water was still spewing into the sky. Pretty dramatic..
Dale Knapinski May 25, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Not that reclaimed water is dangerous or anything, but I'd like to know the cause of the failure near Wilmot Park. Is the system subject to future problems in our area?
Dave Henry May 25, 2012 at 05:10 AM
We are at the south end of the Earth Quake Fault, that goes directly under Woodinville's very own sewage dump, AKA ,BW. Wait till we have an 8.0 seismic tremer AKA a real shaker and downtown Woodinville will have no more worries. Dave Henry
Lynn B May 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I'm sorry, I just couldn't leave Dave's post lie dormant without an appropriately sarcastic response that it begs. (drum roll please) If we have an 8.0 "tremer" in Woodinville then will have another problem, what to do with the gallons of spilt wine from 100 wineries going toward the slough! ;)
Dave Henry May 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM
then we have either drunk fish, or no downtown Woodinville, due to the city signing off, accepting a $1.9 millon dollar look the other way money, so a $2 Billion Dollar sewage dump can be built right on top of a well know, well established earth quake fault, right up-steam from downtown. probably BBQ drunk fish would taste a lot better Dave Henry


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