Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002


Open house to discuss water reuse in the Sammamish Valley

The King County Wastewater Treatment Division has scheduled a community open house for Thursday, June 20, in Redmond to discuss a proposed facility for reclaimed-water production in the Sammamish Valley.
   Reclaimed water is highly treated wastewater that is safe for irrigation and industrial uses.
   When reclaimed water is available along the Sammamish River, several water users plan to switch to reclaimed water for irrigation. They'll stop drawing water from the river or using groundwater.
   The change will leave more water in the river for migrating salmon that use it for spawning every fall.
   The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1 of the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. People can visit a series of information stations about the project. At 7 p.m., staff will make a presentation about the project, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience.
   This open house is the second in a series on the project. At this meeting, you will be able to find out about the following:
   • Information on King County's Water Reuse Program
   • Potential facility locations, their characteristics, constraints and advantages
   • Criteria used in site analysis and screening, reflecting public comment at the first open house
   • Opportunities to comment on how to make the project fit with the character of the Sammamish Valley.
   For more information, contact Jo Sullivan at (206) 296-8361 or—or visit the Web site for King County's Water Reuse Program at Also, contact Jo Sullivan for arranging reasonable accessible accommodations for the open house.
   The Redmond library is served by King County Metro routes 230, 232, 253 and 269, and Sound Transit routes 540, 545 and 546. For more information on routes and schedules, check printed timetables or Metro Online at
   The King County Wastewater Treatment Division protects public health and the environment by serving 17 cities, 14 sewer districts and more than 1.4 million residents in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.