Updates & News
Here is the latest information on LOTT activities, special events, and other updates.
LOTT Receives National Awards
LOTT is among only 61 public and private utilities that have been recognized as a “Utility of the Future” for demonstrating innovation in sustainability and value-added service to communities. This new recognition program is a collaborative effort of the Water Education Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and WateReuse Association, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LOTT also recently received three Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies for excellence in permit compliance. Gold awards were granted for both the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant and the Martin Way Reclaimed Water Plant, and a Silver award was granted for the Budd Inlet Reclaimed Water Plant. LOTT’s WET Science Center won the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association Sustainability Award in recognition of the One Water – The Infinite Journey art and education project. The art piece was created by local artist Carrie Ziegler, with help from local students and community members, and is meant to raise awareness of the importance of clean water, how water cycles through natural and urban areas, and how humans are connected to water.
Update on LOTT’s Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study
LOTT is conducting a multi-year scientific study to answer community questions about residual chemicals. The Reclaimed Water Infiltration Study focuses on collecting data about the quality of our local groundwater, surface water, wastewater, and reclaimed water, including the presence of residual chemicals, and analyzing potential risks to human health and the environment. Water quality sampling of local groundwater, streams, rivers, wastewater, and reclaimed water occurred throughout 2015. Later this year, initial water quality findings from that sampling will be available. Fieldwork and analyses will continue into 2017, followed by public involvement to engage the community in discussions about study findings. The study and final report are expected to be complete in 2018.
More information about the study can be found here.