June 21, 1999
King County Executive Ron Sims and Councilmember Larry Phillips, RWQC Chair, oppose the parallel interceptor, favoring the construction of a storage vault in Kenmore. That vault would hold overflow during severe storms and provide a safety net for the region if construction of a new sewage treatment plant were delayed past 2010. Engineering firms Brown & Caldwell, CH2M Hill, Kramer Chin Mayo, HDR, and Kato & Warren also support the storage vault option.
The parallel to the current Kenmore interceptor is favored by King County councilmembers Maggi Fimia and Rob McKenna, who suggest the five-mile pipe could run under the north end of Lake Washington or along Burke-Gilman Trail, which runs along the north end of the lake. The pipe would store millions of gallons of raw sewage originating from the Kenmore/Lake Forest Park area.