Lakehaven water project gets OK from Congress

Mirror staff

Congress has passed legislation supporting Lakehaven Utility DistrictŽ’s efforts to improve the capacity and reliability of wastewater systems in its south King County and Pierce County service areas.

The measure authorizes the construction of additional treatment systems at LakehavenŽ’s wastewater treatment plants, distribution lines for treated water, and systems to direct water back to aquifers.

The improvements will help maintain water levels during droughts and recharge aquifers without using additional surface water, officials said.

The legislation, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-9th District) and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), was sent this week to President Bush for his signature.

Cantwell said the legislation is Ž“a critical stepŽ” toward solving wastewater infrastructure needs.

According to Smith, Lakehaven will be able to recapture millions of gallons of treated wastewater that is now discharged into Puget Sound. Some of it will be used for watering, and some will be returned to aquifers, increasing available water supplies.

Lakehaven, based in Federal Way, provides 10.5 million gallons of water a day to more than 100,000 people. Its water and sewer customers are in Federal Way and portions of Des Moines, Kent, Auburn, Pacific, Algona, Milton and unincorporated areas of King and Pierce counties.

In another water service improvement, the district recently completed construction of a new pumphouse facility for a 260-gallons-per-minute well in the southeast section of the water system. The original pumphouse, built in 1970, needed upgrading, officials said.

The new facility will accommodate a diesel-powered emergency generator that will power the pump during electricity outages.

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