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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Date:

 April 18, 2011

 Contact:

 Stella Vakarcs, Kitsap County Public Works-Wastewater Div.

 Phone:

 360-337-5777

 No:

 2011-023

Kitsap County Sewer Treatment Plant Improvements Helping Puget Sound

(Port Orchard, WA) The Washington State Department of Health opened 140 acres of shellfish growing area on April 13th. The area was closed in 1993. Opening the area is possible because of upgrades completed at Kitsap County’s Suquamish Sewer Treatment. Since 1998 the county has doubled capacity at the plant, and improved performance and reliability by installing new treatment systems and back-up energy supplies.

Since 1995 over 3,200 acres of shellfish growing areas have been upgraded through treatment plant upgrades and work by partner agencies including cities and the Health District’s Pollution Identification and Correction program. “We congratulate Kitsap County for investing the time and effort to make this shellfish area upgrade possible,” said Keith Grellner of the Kitsap County Health District. “This is the fifth upgrade in the last three years for Kitsap area shellfish beaches. We are definitely headed in the right direction.”

This new upgrade is the latest in the series of recognitions for Kitsap County’s excellence in sewage treatment design and operation. Kitsap County’s Manchester Plant is the only treatment plant to receive the Washington’s Department of Ecology “Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Plant Award” every year since 1995. The County’s Kingston Treatment plant won the award every year since it was rebuilt in 2005. The Suquamish Treatment plant has a perfect operating record since the upgrade there in 1998.

The County’s Board of Commissioners approved a funding plan last December to complete a series of improvements at the Central Kitsap Treatment Plant. These improvements reduce nitrogen discharges and produces water suitable for reuse. Reducing nitrogen discharges to Puget Sound improves water quality and reduces low dissolved oxygen problems found in South Puget Sound. “This is a wonderful example of how our actions impact our surroundings,” said County Commissioner Robert Gelder. ”Investment in new treatment systems have yielded a positive long-term result, and reversed the negative impact this area had experienced,” Gelder added.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014