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Washington power outages cause massive wastewater flooding

On Jan. 13, power outages across the state caused more than 10 million gallons of wastewater to flow into Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.
On Jan. 13, power outages across the state caused more than 10 million gallons of wastewater to flow into Lake Washington and the Puget Sound.

Several power outages across Washington state on Jan. 13 caused more than 10 million gallons of untreated wastewater overflow to flood into both Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, according to the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The spill was caused by the failure of pump stations at the West Point Treatment Plant, Richmond Beach Pump Station, East Pine Pump Station and Medina Pump Station as a result of the widespread power outages, according to the department.

As a precaution, the county closed several nearby beaches including Richmond Beach, Medina Beach, Golden Gardens, Carkeek Beach and Madrona Beach the same day of the power outages. On Jan. 16, the county announced that the beaches are safe after three consecutive days of testing found no harmful toxins in the water.

King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn has introduced legislation that would investigate the Jan. 13 spill and set forth several new proposals that would outline strategies to prevent future spills. 

This recent wastewater spill follows the February 2017 failure at West Point that resulted in 235 gallons of untreated wastewater flowing into Puget Sound. 

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Miles Gelatt
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Senior Miles Gelatt is the News Editor of Nordic News for the 2020-2021 school year. His goal is to make sure that people are getting relevant and trustworthy news, even in uncertain times. He also aims to inspire younger Nords to work hard and write great articles. Outside of Nordic, Miles works tirelessly on his AP Statistics and Environmental Science classes, watches NFL highlights, looks up random sports stats, and prepares for college.

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Washington power outages cause massive wastewater flooding